Vermont board reviews plans for 2.5-MW South Forty Solar Farm project

The Vermont Public Service Board has set a Nov. 19 hearing, with a Nov. 30 intervention deadline, in a case where South Forty Solar LLC has applied for a certificate of public good authorizing the installation and operation of a 2.5-MW solar facility off Sunset Cliff Road in Burlington, Vermont, to be known as the South Forty Solar Farm.

Kenneth A. Nolan, the Manager of Power Resources at Burlington Electric Department (BED), supplied Aug. 14 testimony in support of the application. He wrote: “I have been BED’s lead in negotiating a Power Purchase Agreement with the Project, in getting the agreement approved by the city’s elected officials, and in making the necessary filings with the PSB and the Department of Public Service…. I have also been involved in BED’s preliminary interconnection discussions regarding the Project.”

Nolan said that BED needs the project for two primary reasons: to reduce BED’s capacity costs; and to reduce its ISO New England related transmission costs. Solar generation will reliably reduce BED’s summer peak load and thus reduce BED’s transmission and capacity costs.

The project is being developed by South Forty Solar, a domestic limited liability corporation. South Forty Solar’s principal place of business is in Burlington, Vermont. The project will be sited on a 41-acre property held by Keystone Development Corp. (an affiliate of South Forth Solar) under a long-term lease.

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