More Transparency On Solar Farm

June 6, 2017

Deepwater Wind is seeking to construct Tobacco Valley Solar Farm on 280 acres in northern Simsbury. The proposed 26 mega-watt solar farm falls under the regulatory umbrella of the Connecticut State Siting Council. This is not a rural area. There are neighborhoods that are directly impacted by this solar farm. We need to slow down this process and make sure Simsbury residents are included in the decision-making process.

Residents feel like this proposal was dropped on their heads. I can assure Simsbury residents that I share their concerns and am working to create an open, transparent process. I support clean energy, but there must be an open, deliberative process where local property owners have a chance to weigh in. I have heard from residents who abut this property – they feel like they have been shut out of the process. The RFP was submitted more than a year ago and abutting property owners tell me they weren’t alerted.

I am discussing legislative options with colleagues in the House of Representatives and I hope to vote on an amendment before the end of the legislative session on Wednesday. I will also co-host an informational forum with Sen. Kevin Witkos for residents on the project and the state Siting Council process after the close of the legislative session details to be announced. Simsbury will hold an Open House on the solar farm at Eno Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7.

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