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State No Longer Interested In Cheshire Dam

Town Administrator Mark Webber presented a letter from DER to the Selectmen on Tuesday that stated although DER is not opposed to working with the town in the future, the removal of the decommissioned dam on West Mountain Road is no longer a state priority.

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Cheshire May Appeal Court's Solar Array Decision

The board heard from some angry residents Tuesday who wanted to know which way the town was leaning regarding appealing the court's decision. The Selectmen agreed they first have to discuss the matter in executive session.

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Pittsfield Airport to Have Runway Repaved; Solar Array Installed

The airport is expected to be shut down for 85 days this spring for the reconstruction of the main runway. The City Council's Finance Subcommittee voted affirmatively on the borrowing to repave both of the airport's runways. The total project will cost $6.9 million, which is 95 percent paid for by the Federal Aviation Authority. The city's cost will be $349,735.

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Clarksburg Readies Fee Schedule for Marijuana Locations

With the successful passage of a retail cannabis bylaw, town officials are now starting to look at a fee structure for all the licensing and inspections that will need to happen.

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Clarksburg Solar Project Seeking Answers

Michael Whigham, vice president of Clean Energy Collective, told the Planning Board on Wednesday that he has not been able to get the town to sign off on the completion of the project nor has he been able to get a clear understanding of what else might need to be done.

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Clarksburg Reviews Raft of Bylaws for Pot, Zoning, Solar Arrays

The complaints came at Monday's public hearing on a raft of bylaw revisions to update the town's zoning. Town officials are anticipating a special town meeting by late December or early January. The solar bylaw was completed last year but not in time for the annual town meeting in May. It was presented at Monday night's Planning Board hearing as a standalone along with a number of connected zoning amendments and additions.

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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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