The 3.5 acre Fire District Solar Project cleared one hurdle on Wednesday when the Selectboard voted 3-0 to give Preferred Site status to the project. Selectboard member Linda Cook abstained and Selectboard member John Langhus was recused. The Board did not raise any concern regarding ongoing upkeep. See: Do solar farms stay new and shiny?
The next step for Norwich Technologies is to file its petition for a certificate of public good with the Vermont PUC, which the company hopes to do by the end of May. Full review by the Vermont PUC takes many months. “Ideally we would be able to begin construction by the end of the year, but this depends on the permitting time frame,” said Joel Stettenheim, President of the company in an email.
In Norwich, the company is waiting for the go ahead from the PUC so that it can begin work on the solar array off of Union Village Road. Norwich Technologies has also been “talking with a few local churches about helping them adopt solar,” said Mr. Stettenheim.