“Carver may become the solar capital of New England,’’ Jack Hunter, the town’s planning director, said recently.
And it appears that they plan to do anything and everything they can do to push as many solar projects through, as quickly as possible. Without any concern for the people they work for, the citizens of Carver. All this, without publicly sharing any project documentation with the residents. Almost as if posting the information online is a difficult task.
When the planning board pushed through approval of the Purchase St. solar project on Dec 6th, 2011, some citizens took notice and decided to step up and do something about it. We're not going to sit back and let the local residents rights be trampled in such a disrespectful and corrupt way. This may not be your neighborhood, but yours could be next. The residents concerns were completely disregarded, and the solar farm will be built 30 feet from their backyards. Several town by-laws were ignored here, and the definition of a state solar by-right was stretched far beyond what it is meant to protect. The hearings were a scripted farce. The approval of this project is unacceptable.
We are going to attempt to shine a light on all of the solar projects in Carver. And we will share this info for everybody to see. Because Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
We have reason to be concerned, as the developers of the Purchase St solar project reminds us:
Barry McNeill, who owns cranberry bogs off Purchase Street, has proposed building a 3.1-megawatt solar installation. The projects prospective developer, MainLine Solar of Pennsylvania, is bullish on states whose regulations promote investment in renewable energy.
For land owners in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, the company says in its publicity literature, open land equals maximum revenue generation for those who choose to implement photovoltaic solar technology.