Lodestar Energy seeks approval for 2-MW solar project in Connecticut

Lodestar Energy LLC applied May 21 at the Connecticut Siting Council for approval by declaratory ruling on the location, construction, operation, and maintenance of a solar photovoltaic facility capable of up to 2 MW (ac) and associated equipment.

The Canis Major Solar project would consist of approximately 10 acres of solar panels to be constructed within a 26.47 acre lease area located at 1005 North Street in Suffield, Conn. Approximately half of the site is currently maintained in agriculture; the remaining half consists of a former gravel pit which has become overgrown and wooded.

Lodestar is a Connecticut-based developer of renewable energy projects. It will lead the project construction and development. Lodestar’s team has worked with utilities, school districts, cities, counties, commercial businesses, industrial clients and many others to develop more than 500 MW of solar projects with a value of more than $1 billion across North America.

A company contact is: Jeffrey J. Macel, Principal and Co-Founder, Lodestar Energy LLC, 3 Ellsworth Place, Suite 122, Avon, CT 06001, jmacel@lodestarenergy.com.

The project will involve the construction of approximately 10 acres of ground-mounted solar photovoltaic panels and improvements to an existing farm road to provide access to the site from North Street. The PV panels and inverters will be mounted on a driven post racking system at a 25-degree tilt facing due south. Inverters will be mounted to the racking system, underneath the PV panels. The maximum height of the panels will be approximately 8 feet.

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