Rockland planners OK solar farm

By Stephen Betts | Sep 12, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts The property where a solar farm will be located, as viewed from Lovejoy Street in Rockland.

Rockland — A proposed solar farm off Lovejoy and Holmes streets gained approval Tuesday night, Sept. 11, from the Rockland Planning Board.

The project calls for 912 solar modules, four solar inverters and a transformer. A chain-link fence would surround the solar farm.

Migis Lodge hopes to lease the Holmes Street property to erect the solar panels, Migis representative Jed Porta said in May. The lodge is located along Sebago Lake in South Casco.

Porta said in May that details were still being worked out, but it is hoped that the panels will produce enough electricity to send to Central Maine Power to offset 95 percent of the Migis Lodge's electrical costs.

Porta said the project is expected to produce 311 killowatts of power.

The project will take 12 months to complete, according to the application.

The Rockland City Council approved in August zoning amendments for the project ,including reducing the setbacks.

A similar proposal was considered three years ago by Jason Philbrook, who owns the 2.5-acre parcel at 62 Holmes St. The project did not come to fruition. Philbrook had proposed 1,100 panels for a 350-killowatt project.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Reggie Montgomery | Sep 12, 2018 12:03

Don't they have any place in Casco for this project? Or, is it a NIMBY thing? I notice there is no cost figure in the article.


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