According to Town Administrator Jonathan Butler, that holdup has been solved and just after the holidays, the company resubmitted its design to the state Department of Environmental Protection and is planning construction in March.
"They resubmitted to DEP to get their proposed layout reauthorized," Butler said on Tuesday. "It's actually a smaller footprint."
Technology has advanced so the company can now produce the same amount of power in less space, Butler said, so the reauthorization is needed. The new footprint has less of an impact on wetlands so Butler doesn't expect any hitches.
The town is estimating some $120,000 in cost savings in the next fiscal year because the array is expected to be online for most, if not all, of that year. The power generated is enough to power most of the town's buildings, such as Town Hall, the police station and the library, Butler said.
Ultimately, the city did not enter a contract with Blue Wave after zoning and other issues, including financial backing, made the deal problematic but city officials say the solar option is not dead.
Administrative Officer Michael Canales said the city is currently talking with another company to revitalize the idea.
"At this point, we have selected a company to move forward with in exploring the solar option," Canales said on Wednesday. "On this one we are being cautious."
The city is much further away from seeing an actual project than Adams. No work had been done regarding location and permitting with the other project, Canales said, so the whole effort is starting from scratch.
The company needs to secure the funding and reach agreements with the city before the project can move forward, he said.
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