Rochester, MA

Impacts of Large Scale Ground Mounted Solar Projects

Rochester is being targeted for destructive ground-mounted solar projects including “dual use” projects on cranberry bogs. This is driven by a flawed state energy policy that provides taxpayer and ratepayer incentives to cut down trees for solar and to use up valuable farmland including cranberry bogs build in wetlands.

As of September 2021 a “dual use” project on a cranberry bog owned by a Canadian company, Fruit D’Or, is proposed for a bog and agricultural canal. Here is the wetlands “notice of intent” filing from August 2021. The address is 109 Neck Road, Rochester.

Join us at the Rochester Council on Aging on September 13, 2021 at 6:30 PM for an information session on industrial ground-mounted solar.

Letter in the Rochester Wanderer https://www.wanderer.com/opinions/rochester-solar/

Total of existing solar sites in Rochester, MA https://www.townofrochestermass.com/sites/g/files/vyhlif5446/f/uploads/2019_rochester_open_space_map_aerial_1.pdf

Proposed sites: https://www.townofrochestermass.com/sites/g/files/vyhlif5446/f/minutes/27jul21.pdf

Two large projects proposed. July 27, 2021 Planning Board Minutes