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WINSTED — Almost a year after plans were announced for a solar farm on Platt Hill Road, the state’s Siting Council approved Avon company Lodestar Energy’s plans on May 6.
The company plans on constructing a 1.99 megawatt AC solar photovoltaic facility that will consist of 13.6 acres on a 104-acre land parcel.
According to the Siting Council’s decision on its website, the project has been modified from its original plans in several different ways: the number of solar modules on the site has been reduced from 7,930 modules to 7,288 modules, the project has been shifted to the south and east of the land parcel to create larger wetland buffers, and the western limit of the solar field has been shifted to the east to be a minimum of 200 feet from the delineated inland wetland property.
The company stated in its original plan that it is negotiating a virtual net metering credit agreement (a bill crediting agreement for community solar) for both Winsted and Windsor.
The project site is located on the east side of Platt Hill Road and is currently undeveloped.
As part of the plan, the company will donate 75 acres of the site to the Winchester Land Trust.
In its decision letter, the Siting Council included a letter written in December in support of the project from the town, as written by former Town Manager Robert Geiger.
“The Town of Winchester shares the state and regional concerns about the significant electric generation capacity shortage projected for northern Connecticut,” Geiger wrote. “Due to the location and topography of the site, we agree with Lodestar Energy that there will be little to no impact to abutting property owners and surrounding area.”

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