The Vermont Public Service Board last month approved the construction of a 1.8-megawatt solar array to power the Vermont Army National Guard facility in Westminster.
The photovoltaic array would be built on a reclaimed gravel pit covering 17 acres that is part of an industrial park in the town. The developer, Spencer-TGC, plans to purchase the land and lease it back to the Army for $1 a year for 20 years. To meet state requirements for net metering, a project needs to be located on the property of the user, reported VT Digger.
The array will supply about 71 percent of the National Guard facility’s electricity. The project was supported by Westminster’s town manager, but the Westminster Select Board expressed concern that it would inhibit the town’s economic growth. The project would occupy the town’s last parcel of undeveloped land designated for industrial or commercial use.