School district eyes Livermore Falls for solar farm

Rockport location nixed over wetlands
By Gabriel Blodgett | Sep 03, 2019
Photo by: File photo MSAD 28 and Five Town CSD are planning to build a solar farm in Livermore Falls to meet the districts' energy needs.

Rockport — Five Town CSD and MSAD 28 are moving forward with plans for a solar farm in Livermore Falls to meet the districts’ energy needs. This new development comes after it was discovered that there was not enough buildable land between Camden Hills Regional High School and Marge Jones Recreation Facility to make it feasible for investment, according to Superintendent Maria Libby.

Libby said the districts have been working with ReVision Energy throughout the process and the Liberty-based solar company is working on a lease agreement on approximately 50 acres of land in Livermore Falls. As the districts’ power needs require less than the full acreage of the farm, Libby said, Revision is also working with potential partners from other school districts to get them involved in the project.

Following a July 29 Five Town CSD School Board meeting, Libby was authorized to pursue a solar farm on the West Street land between the school and park.

However, in subsequent inspections of the land, it was determined that there was a vernal pool and enough wetland area to make it impossible to build a large enough solar farm there.

Libby said the districts are not discounting the space for future solar development, noting the value in having solar power on site for educational purposes, but development has been put on hold at the site.

Libby said they are working with ReVision on a number of fronts, including financing for the project, and further details will be forthcoming.

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