Developer announces start date to commercial solar farm
Source: Georgia Sparling, Sippican Soup
MATTAPOISETT — Neighbors to a new 25-acre commercial solar farm project on Tinkham Hill Road received a letter this week stating that construction will begin on or around Jan. 27.
The 25-acre solar farm will sit on 82 acres leased from Dennis Mahoney and Sons.
During discussions in the spring and summer with Boston-based solar energy developer BlueWave Capital, residents requested that clearing the land and setting up the solar farm be done after Labor Day to avoid hindering outdoor activities.
BlueWave agreed, however, months passed without any movement on the land, and some residents worried that construction would not begin until the spring.
At a recent Selectmen meeting, Pat Aiello said a spring start would be the opposite of what was discussed with BlueWave and neighbors at a Zoning Board of Appeals meeting in April.
“Just as we’re opening our windows and enjoying the nice weather, we’ll have construction mess,” said Aiello, whose residence is on Tinkham Hill Road.
She and others are, no doubt, relieved to hear news that the 10 to 12 week construction time will start long before the storm windows come off.
Aiello said she received a call from a representative of BlueWave on Friday, Jan. 17 and believes the company will be a “nice neighbor.”
“I have no problem with them at all,” she said. “There’s nothing wrong with the solar project.”
In the letter that went out to around 100 people in town, Managing Principal John DeVillars wrote, “We will do all we can to minimize any disturbance to residents in the neighborhood…and, as we have committed to you, to minimize any visual-impact from the site after the project is completed.”
Per the Zoning Board of Appeals, construction on the property cannot begin before 7 a.m. DeVillars said his company opted to wait until 8 a.m.
DeVillars also said the company has received all necessary permits for the project.
The company is leasing a total of 82 acres owned by Dennis Mahoney and Sons near the Transfer Station.
DeVillars’ letter also announced that BlueWave is partnering with SunEdison, based in California, as co-developer and that Pro-Tech Energy Solutions, headquartered in New Jersey, will be in charge of on-site construction.
Once completed, BlueWave said this photo is representative of the visual impact of the solar farm.