Vermont developer proposes second solar project in Pittsfield


PITTSFIELD — A Vermont solar facility developer is working with a Cloverdale Street property owner on a 1.9 megawatt power generating array — the second currently proposed in Pittsfield.

According to plans submitted to the city Community Development office, Aegis Renewable Energy, of Waitsfield, Vt., proposes the facility on a 27.5-acre parcel off 220 Cloverdale St., on property owned by Peter Manzolini.

The project plan, submitted by SK Design Group Inc., will require an order of conditions for work in wetlands buffer zones, a site plan review by the Community Development Board and a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Aegis Renewable Energy also is working with city landowner Todd Driscoll to create a solar generating array on a 61-acre parcel off Churchill Street. The initial plan for a 2.6-megawatt facility on 10 acres of the parcel was rejected in April for a special permit by the ZBA. But a revised plan, calling for a 1.82-megawatt solar array on 5.7 acres, has been submitted to the city.

As with the Churchill Street site, the Cloverdale Street parcel is in a residential zone, which allows quasi-public utilities with a special permit from the ZBA.

According to the Cloverdale Street plan documents, the site is now meadow and cropland and would require only limited tree cutting in the center of the parcel. No regrading of the land for the ground-mounted solar panels would be required, as it already slopes to the south.

An 8-foot chain-link fence is proposed around the solar array, which would cover 7.5 acres of the parcel.

Power generated at the facility would be fed into the power grid along existing lines along West Housatonic Street. A gravel access driveway is planned.

Cloverdale Street runs between West Housatonic Street (Route 20) and Barker Road. The parcel is midway between the two roads, near the Lakeside Drive-Cloverdale Street intersection. It is roughly .8 miles northeast of Richmond Pond via Lakeside Drive.

Contact Jim Therrien at 496-6247.


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