Town rejects proposed solar farm in meeting

Lovell rejects proposed solar farm in town meeting

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  • THE ORDINANCE THAT PASSED ALLO FWSOR ONLY A TEN ACRE SOLAR FARM TO BE BUI Lovell rejects proposed solar farm in town meeting Lovell residents voted 202-30 to pass an ordinance killing a proposed 180-acre solar farm Lovell residents voted 202-30 to pass an ordinance killing a proposed 180-acre solar farm in a town meeting Saturday morning.
  • The farm, proposed by Walden Renewables, drew the ire of residents for its potential impact on the views of the surrounding mountains, as well as threatening the rural landscape of the town according to residents."I built here because of the beautiful mountain view," said Tom McLaughlin, a member of 'Our Eden Association', a group created to fight the solar farm.
  • Supporters of the solar farm say the concerns of some residents should be outweighed by the benefit to the environment that the solar panels would bring.“It's not a small town, big town issue," said Lovell resident John McCann, who supported the solar farm.
  • We have to be mindful of our impact on the environment in many different ways.”Walden Renewables says the farm would bring energy to 9,500 Maine homes at a fraction of the CMP rate, create more than 200 jobs and pay $8.8 million in local taxes.

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