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Commercial Solar Array Planned For Outer East Street in Pittsfield

Some 11 acres of heavily vegetated land on East Street is eyed to be cleared to make way for a commercial solar array. BVD Solar is seeking a special permit to construct a 1.9-megawatt array on a 73-acre percent near Winesap Road - the parcel just to the west of the Yankee Orchards. Of that 73 acres, 20.6 will be cut off from the parcel for the solar array installed and 11 acres of that will need to be cleared.

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North Adams Planners OK Porches Inn Structure

The Planning Board on Monday gave final approval for the Porches Inn to construct a new building where its patrons can have breakfast. The inn, operating as Berkshire Hills Development Co. LLC, purchased four parcels along Veazie Street and plans to demolish two buildings on them to make room for the gathering center.

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Eversource Plans Second Solar Array On Partridge Road

Eversource is backing out of building a solar array off North Main. Instead, the company is now pursuing a similar sized project off Partridge Road. The Planning Board gave its approval for a 6.6 megawatt array on Partridge Road, near the Pittsfield border and the Berkshire Mall Road. The estimated $10 million project is going to be located near a 2.2-megawatt array on land Eversource owns in Pittsfield.

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Clarksburg Country Club Owner Denies Accusation of Waste Dumping

The owner of the former North Adams Country Club is dismissing accusations that the property was used to dump contaminated waste. "I can't imagine why anybody would bring material in from somewhere else when we have 80 acres worth of material up there," Todd Driscoll told News10 on Thursday.

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North Adams Solar Developer Hopes to Solve Unsightliness

Developers of a solar array project being built off Reservoir Road have agreed to review its visual impact and come back to the Planning Board with detailed solutions. The 1.32-megawatt solar array on 25 acres above Coca-Cola Ledge has drawn scores of complaints because of its high visibility from numerous points on the city's east side.

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Lanesborough Approves Eversource Solar Array Project

Eversource was approved Monday to construct a 5.2 megawatt solar array off of North Main Street. The project is just one of two being proposed by the electric company in the Berkshires as the company ramps up the amount of photovoltaic generation projects.

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Eversource Receives Special Permit For Pittsfield Solar Array

Eversource was granted the special permit to construct a 2.2 megawatt solar array on 10 acres of land on Partridge Road. The project is just one of two the utility company is seeking to building in the coming year - the other being in Lanesborough - and one of more than a dozen throughout the state. The state is allowing utility companies to build out 35 megawatts of solar energy and between Eversource's two companies, it has 70.

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Eversource Plans Solar Projects In Pittsfield and Lanesborough

Eversource is now in the permitting stage for two solar projects, tallying some 6.2 megawatts in central Berkshires. The electric company is looking to build a 2.2-megawatt facility on land it owns on Partridge Road in Pittsfield and another 4-megawatt array on Route 7 in Lanesborough. Both projects are on plots of land the company already owns and is considered "under-utilized."

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North Adams Planners Want Original Solar Array Renderings

The Planning Board called a solar array developer on the carpet Monday for failing to comply with the visual renderings it presented. But no one can find the plans that the board approved. A 1.32-megawatt solar array off Reservoir Road has sparked complaints because of its high visibility from numerous points on the city's east side. The board says the plans submitted last year portrayed a much different view with a far less visible array.

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Downing's Next Step Is Solar Energy Firm

Benjamin B. Downing, who has championed renewable energies during his 10 years in the state Senate, will join a solar energy company at the end of his term.

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Mountaintop Solar Array Draws Complaints in North Adams

A joint public hearing of the City Council and Planning Board on a proposed solar ordinance was highjacked by complaints about a large commercial solar array already under construction. Two arrays by the Clean Energy Collective totaling 1.32 megawatts are being constructed on either side of the high tension wires on Reservoir Road and Furnace and Witt streets. The work just above what's commonly known as Coca-Cola Ledge can be easily seen from the east side of the city.

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Permit Granted For Solar Project On Pittsfield's Churchill Street

From noise, to scenery, to even attacking the character of the company looking to install a large solar array on Churchill Street, neighbors tried everything to fight the project. But despite presenting their case claiming that the 499 kilowatts planned array encompassing a dozen acres of land would be a detriment to the neighborhood, the Zoning Board of Appeals granted the special permit with conditions in a 4-1 vote. Some of the board members voiced concern that the 40-acres of land being u

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Pittsfield Notes: Covanta, Handicap Parking, Solar Arrays

City officials are hoping Covanta won't be leaving afterall with the passage of a new tax incentive for those type of operations. Covanta plans to close its Hubbard Avenue facility in March claiming the "high operating costs and the size of the facility have made it increasingly difficult to run the plant profitably," according to company spokesman James Regan. The plant has been in operations since 1981 on 5.8 acres of land and serves as the primary location for Republic Services to dispose

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Churchill Solar Plan Triggers Significant Opposition in Pittsfield

A large solar array proposed for Churchill Street has triggered significant outcry of opposition from neighbors. Churchill Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Heliovaas, is looking to construct five solar arrays on 40-acres of land near the Lanesborough border. The plans encompass four lots which were previously subdivided with a plan to construction residential homes as well as a separate array on adjacent land owned by Michael Bianco. In total, each array will be 499 kilowatts taking up around 20 ac

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Solar Array Plan Proposed For Residential Churchill Street Land

A 40-acre parcel on the northern end of Churchill Street, which has been the subject of debate over a recycling operation there, is now eyed for solar. Churchill Solar LLC is looking to purchase the property and turn four of the six lots there into a commercial solar array. The plan is the third iteration of use for that property. It was subdivided in 2007 to become a housing development with eight homes and when that fell through a new plan for an organic recycling and mulch business were to

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Williams, Town Partner to Build Solar Array on Capped Landfill

Under the terms of the agreement, Williams will invest approximately $6 million to complete construction of a 1.9-megawatt solar array on the capped town landfill on Simonds Road.

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Williamstown Planning Board OKs Temporary Office, Labs on Stetson Court

The Planning Board on Tuesday approved the erection of temporary office and lab space on a Williams College-owned street. The college came to the board for a development plan review for 1,200 square foot of temporary space that will house offices and labs for the math and psychology departments during the construction of the new science center.

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Developer Proposes Scaled Down Solar Project On Churchill Street

The developers of a recently denied solar array on Churchill Street have returned with a new concept, which they say is some 25 percent smaller. Aegis Renewable Energy had proposed a 2.6 megawatt array on a portion of the 60 plus acre property at 201 Churchill Street early this year. However, neighbors opposed the plan because of the residential nature of the area, claiming it would lower property values to the nearby homes. The Zoning Board of Appeals ultimately denied the plan in a 3-2 vote

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Second of Three Approvals Granted For Solar Project at Hancock Shaker

The Community Development Board on Tuesday gave the Okay for a new solar array at Hancock Shaker Village. Syncarpha Hancock III, a partnership between Renewable Energy Massachusetts, LLC and Syncarpha Capital, is developing the project in Pittsfield and in Hancock. The Conservation Commission had already approved the project and with the Community Development Board's approval of the site plan, only the Zoning Board of Appeals is left to issue a special permit.

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McCann Cutting Costs for Electrical & Solar Array Repairs

McCann Technical School will receive $10,000 in repairs to its small roof-mounted solar array with a net-metering contract that will cut electricity costs. The McCann School Committee voted Wednesday to enter into a 25-year solar net metering contract that should cut electricity costs by 25 percent.

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Pittsfield Board Denies Permit for Solar Field

The city's Zoning Board of Appeals struck down a proposed solar array site in west Pittsfield, following opposition from residential neighbors abutting the land. By a 3-2 vote, the board ruled against the request from Aegis Renewable Energy to construct a 2.6-megawatt solar facility on undeveloped Churchill Street land.

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North Adams Gas Station Renovators Told to Start Work Soon

The Planning Board on Monday told the owner of the BP and Getty gas stations to clean up the properties and get to work. Representatives from Summit Distributing LLC were asked to come before the board to update it on the proposed renovations of the BP gas station on at the corner of Canal and Eagle streets and the Getty Mart on State

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North Adams Planners OK B&B, Solar Array, Dog Facility

The Planning Board on Monday approved a new bed & breakfast on Church Street, a doggie day-care facility and a solar array. Gianni Donati was approved to transform 164 Church St. into a B&B, with an owner's residence and common areas on the first floor.

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Cheshire Locks In New Electricity Rate

Cheshire locked in a green electricity rate with Hampshire Power that will drop residents' rate to 8.734 cents per kilowatt. Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that the new rate will be far less than National Grid's 13 cents per kilowatt and residents who don't opt out of the program should expect to see the new rate in May.

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Cheshire Losing Out on Free Garage

The town may not be getting the garage at the former Bushika gravel pit on Route 8. Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that solar array developer Kirt Mayland may sell the garage on the property to a local buyer instead of giving it to the town.

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