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Solar projects in works for Southbridge

Officials mulling green energy options

Southbridge officials are currently weighing several solar energy projects, including a commercial plan on Blackmer Road. (click for larger version)
April 26, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — The town may soon start sprouting solar cells in several places if recent proposals come to fruition.

The most advanced is a commercial plan for 4 MW on farmland off Blackmer Road owned by Ken and Vivian Pickren. The Planning Board opened a site plan review public hearing on that project, which is being engineered by EPG Solar, April 20.

"There's no reflectivity on the panels, so it'll be better than a wind turbine," Planning Chairman Paul St. Jean said.

The project's slated for "a 32-acre swath they're haying right now," but it actually spills over into Dudley, so the proponents are also going to that town for approval. Before that can happen, though, Dudley's Town Meeting has to "change a couple words in their bylaw so this can go through," St. Jean said.

Pickren declined to comment, but directed questions to real estate agent Robert Yale, who is handling the deal.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

Janines Frostee
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