Ridge Avenue area neighbors feel blindsided by a plan to construct a 6.6-megawatt solar facility at the Pontoosuc Country Club.
The Boston-based solar developer Nexamp is looking to take over 25 of the 131 acres on the course for a photovoltaic array. The planned array is located on the southern portion of the property - the Hancock Road side of the first handful of holes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.