Southern Sky Renewable Energy went before the Carver Planning Board Tuesday night to follow through with a February Special Town Meeting vote that locked the alternative energy company into a 20-year tax agreement with the town.
Southern Sky presented their site plan of 26.5 acres for 20,000 solar panels at the privately owned Ravenbrook Landfill on Plymouth Street.
The company’s representative Frank McMahon explained that sound generated from the power system will only be audible about nine feet away, “Equivalent to you sitting in your living room, watching television, and you listening to your dishwasher run in your kitchen; that’s the level of sound that we’re talking about.”
McMahon further stated that though the solar farm will not impact the town’s electric bill, it will generate considerable revenue,“A portion of our rent payment gets paid directly to the town for purposes of paying the back taxes. And then on a go forward basis, we’ve entered into a PILOT agreement with the town whereby we will be paying the town, its a little bit north of, $2 million over the life of the project.”
The Carver Planning Board will be visiting the proposed 6 megawatt-solar array location next Tuesday before voting on the site plan.
Carver is also in the process of designing a new solar bylaw and will be holding the first forum, of many, with experts and residents on May 23rd.
(Representatives for Southern Sky Renewable Energy)