Rehoboth Solar Farm Project in Planning Boards' Hands
The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen are encouraging residents who are opposed to a solar farm at Camp Buxton to reach out to the town’s Planning Board. The property at 90 Pond Street is owned by the Boy Scouts.
Chairman Skip Vadnais said Tuesday the board was “very limited” in what they could do. “We tried to think out of the box and find a way to preserve that land. We did the best that we could,” Vadnais added.
Town Planner Daniel Roach said the proposed project would be situated on two different parcels of land with a combined area of 38.5 acres. The project will consist of a 3.3 megawatt solar facility, 3 stormwater management basins, 2 access drives, fencing, and associated support equipment. Some residents have complained about the solar farm, stating the removal of trees would have a detrimental impact on their neighborhood. “They need to force the Planning Board to enforce the regulations on solar arrays,” said Selectman Michael Costello.
Rehoboth has four solar farms, which are located at 124 Bay State Road, Barney Avenue, Summer Street, and Tremont Street. During the last fiscal year, the farms brought in over $138,000 in revenues for the town, according to the town treasurer’s office.