Connecticut council grants non-approval to SolarCity for 2.8-MW project

The Connecticut Siting Council sent a July 26 letter to SolarCity Corp. that it has approved a company petition for a declaratory ruling that no Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need is required for the proposed construction, maintenance and operation of a 2.8-MW solar photovoltaic facility.

This project is located at a Becton, Dickinson & Co. property at 7 Grace Way, North Canaan, Connecticut.

SolarCity on June 15 had filed this application. Portions of the site are to be developed with an existing Becton, Dickinson & Co. medical supply manufacturing, warehousing and distribution plant, as well as a private service rail line. The remainder of the site is a mix of undeveloped woods, fields and wetlands associated with Robins Swamp.

The 2.8-MW project will provide ±7% of the electric power needs of the Becton, Dickinson operations and includes three separate solar arrays. Two arrays will be ground-mounted while the third will be constructed on the rooftop of the existing Becton, Dickinson warehouse/distribution building.

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