A $20 million solar project was recently proposed to the Zoning Board of Appeals of Pittsfield, Connecticut, and unanimously approved, allowing for a solar farm on the site of the Pittsfield Family YMCA’s former recreation camp at Ponterril, according to the Berkshire Eagle.
Officials are planning to install the solar array on 22 acres of the 77-acre parcel, the Eagle stated. The project is expected to generate three megawatts of electricity.
Officials want to begin working on the site this year, but the installation depends on what it would cost the energy company to make upgrades to one of the electric systems in the city, the news source reported. It could take six months to study these upgrades. However, the zoning board is behind the project.
"I think this is a great use of the site," said ZBA member John Fitzgerald, according to the news source. "What’s put forth is less of an impact that what was initially proposed [for the site], and I think it will benefit the community."
Fairfield, Connecticut, is also considering a proposal to increase green energy production, according to the Fairfield Daily.