Coronal affiliate seeks approval for 20-MW solar project in Connecticut

Fusion Solar Center LLC on July 29 filed a petition at the Connecticut Siting Council for a declaratory ruling that no Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need is required for the proposed construction, operation and maintenance of a ground-mounted 20-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility located on Potash Hill Road at Sprague, Connecticut.

Fusion Solar Center retained All-Points Technology Corporation PC to prepare the accompanying Environmental Assessment for this project. The site consists of two abutting parcels north of Potash Hill Road, totaling 225± acres. It is bounded by undeveloped woods to the north, east and west; and a cleared agricultural field, residence and Potash Hill Road to the south. Of the 225 acres, Fusion has approximately 170 acres under control for development of the project.

The proposed facility will include:

  • Approximately 97,000 polycrystalline silicon solar modules or similar photovoltaic (PV) technology.
  • From 10 to 12 utility-scale inverters and transformers mounted on concrete equipment pads measuring approximately 20 feet by 40 feet.
  • Ground screw or pile-driven foundations and aluminum or steel fixed–tilt racking for solar module mounting.

The application said that Fusion Solar is associated with Coronal Development Services LLC out of Charlottesville, Va., which is part of Coronal Group, with Coronal Group in part owned by deep-pocketed Panasonic. The application noted that Coronal Development Services, when it was known as HelioSage Energy, won a 2013 approval from the council for the 5-MW (ac) Somers Solar Center, which went into operation in 2013.

A company contact is: Nelson Teague, Fusion Solar Center LLC c/o Coronal Development Services LLC, phone 434-293-7589, nteague@coronalgroup.com.

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