Land originally slated for North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project's proposed 35-MWe, wood-fueled biomass plant in Springfield, Vermont, may host solar project instead; developer seeking state approval for five, 500-KW solar arrays

LOS ANGELES , July 18, 2014 () – Land that was originally slated for North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project's proposed woodchip-burning biomass plant in Springfield, Vermont, may instead be used for a solar project, Valley News reported on July 17.

Earlier this year, the proposed biomass plant, which would have produced 35 megawatts of electricity (MWe), was rejected by state regulators, which held that the project would cause undue interference to orderly regional development, according to the Industry Intelligence archives. The board also felt that the plant’s green power benefits could be achieved more cheaply via energy conservation programs and energy-efficiency efforts.

Winstanley Enterprises LLC indicated that it is seeking state approval to build the solar project, which will use a portion of the land originally intended for the North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project, Valley News noted.

The five 500-KW (kilowatt) solar arrays, which would represent about US$8 million in capital investment, would generate 2.5 MW of electricity combined, according to a news release by Winstanley Enterprises, Green Lantern Development and Powersmith Farm Inc.

North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project, the developer behind the rejected biomass plant, is a joint venture between Winstanley Enterprises and Weston Solutions Inc., according to the Industry Intelligence archives.

The primary source of this article is Valley News, White River Junction, Vermont, on July 17, 2014. Click here to see the original source’s full version of the article.

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