Solar array proposed to power Great Barrington farm, brewery


GREAT BARRINGTON >> The Planning Board has voted unanimously to send a favorable recommendation to the Selectmen in connection with the application of a local business to build a 144-kilowatt solar array on its property.

Andrew Mankin, co-owner of the Barrington Brewery and Crissy Farm at 420 Stockbridge Road, told The Eagle the array is expected to provide "between 75 to 80 percent of the electrical power for the two businesses."

Selectmen are the permit-granting authority and are expected to take up the application at an upcoming meeting.

The array, a total of 144 solar panels, will be located in a small field just north of the two businesses, said Mankin.

Engineer Nicholas Anderson from Berkshire Engineering said that while the panels will be about 12 feet high, the field in which they will be located is below grade.

"They're actually below the sight line," he said.

The Planning Board had a few technical questions on Thursday, but as the array will be on private property and access will not be an issue, they seemed satisfied with the plan.

The project had already received an order of conditions from the conservation Commission, according to Chairwoman Brandee Nelson.

Mankin said that, depending on how quickly the permitting process goes, "we'd like to get started by the fall."

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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