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DEP receives plan for South Thomaston solar farm

By Stephen Betts | Feb 20, 2021
This map was submitted with the application for the proposed solar farm.

South Thomaston — The developer of a proposed solar farm off Route 131 in South Thomaston has submitted an application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

The application submitted by South Thomaston Solar LLC for a four-megawatt project is available at the town office.

The application was filed Feb. 12 and states that the project will occupy slightly more than 20 acres.

The DEP staff is currently reviewing the application for completeness before it can formally accepted for processing, DEP Acting Deputy Commissioner David Madore said Feb. 19.

The location is part of 91 acres owned by the Hocking Family Trust of Colorado Springs, Colo. The property is located across from Sylvia's Way and Ledge Road.

According to the Maine Bureau of Corporations, Nexamp Capital LLC of Boston, Mass. is the principal member of South Thomaston Solar.

The company plans to submit a plan to the South Thomaston Planning Board once it receives DEP approval.

A pre-application meeting before the DEP was held Oct. 23.

The property is largely wooded but the location where the solar array will be located has been harvested for timber and is largely cleared, according to the application. The developer said it will maintain a 250-foot buffer around vernal pools and nothing will be located within 100 feet of a stream on the property.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer with power operations to begin in June 2022.

The application points out that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife determined that the proposed project will not result in any known adverse impacts on endangered or threatened species or habitats even though the area is one likely where endangered or threatened bats may be during migration periods.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Feb 21, 2021 11:02

That's funny. I've read that the Texas problems were a direct result of prior primarily GOP politicians not mandating the insulation of gas lines and not requiring other protective measures to withstand extreme temperatures to the power grid, that in fact there is no "Green new deal" in effect and even if there were only 10% of the TX power grid is generated by wind and solar sources. I guess it depends on if you get your 'interesting pieces' from Faux Noise and Newsmax or from reliable honest news sources. You can be sure that if NG is piped to Rockland (and I hope it isn't) that it will be protected from freezing, so everybody can go on feeling good about further implementation and buildout of wind, solar and other alternative energy sources.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Feb 21, 2021 09:40

Just read an interesting piece concerning the power blackout in Texas.  They found this was caused by an over reliance on "unreliable" solar & wind gereration and under utilizing  "reliable" sources like natural gas & nuclear. Federal & state governments have pushed wind & solar as the " Green new deal"  and created a harmful dialogue around Natural Gas & Nuclear.  A natural gas line is being proposed in Rockland which I am confident will be denied while the feel good all natural solar farm will receive overwhelming support.


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