Solar energy developer has big plans for Monument Mountain

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The proposed solar projectat 671 Stockbridge Road would contain about 6,500 solar panels.

GREAT BARRINGTON — If a Connecticut solar energy developer gets the green light to construct a new solar project at Monument Mountain, the energy harvested won’t go to Great Barrington.

The town has already maxed out its green energy credits, Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin said.

The development would still generate net revenue for the town in the form of significant property taxes, according to the project overview by Avon, Connecticut-based LSE Lepus, LLC, otherwise known as Lodestar Energy.

The proposed project is for approximately 7.6 acres in a residential zone at 671 Stockbridge Road near the transfer station and an active mine. The proposal states the project would contain about 6,500 solar panels.

There is expected to be little to no impact on the eight listed abutters to the project, according to the overview.

Kevin Sullivan and Kevin Midei of Lodestar Energy presented their proposal to the Great Barrington selectboard at the April 8 meeting.

“So as I’m driving up Route 7, there’s no way the sun is going to hit me in the eyes?” asked one resident in attendance.

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