Solar moratorium passes in Blue Hill

BLUE HILL Voters here during a special town meeting Feb. 17 approved a moratorium on solar development. The vote was held by secret ballot. The moratorium provides the town time to amend its Land Use Ordinance to include provisions for solar facilities.

Town Administrator Shawna Ambrose said the vote was 114-30. Sixty residents voted by absentee ballot. 

Blue Hill has received one application for a solar farm. Borrego Solar, doing business as Blue Hill Solar, proposes a solar farm on the York Road in East Blue Hill. The Planning Board Nov. 9 found the application incomplete.

The Blue Hill Planning Board is working on revisions to the Land Use Ordinance and will send them to the selectmen for review. The final version will be voted on at the annual town meeting, which will again be held by referendum, according to Ambrose. 

Borrego Solar, which is the largest privately owned commercial solar company in the United States, is planning a 19.9-acre solar farm in the town of Sedgwick. The development is going on a blueberry field off Caterpillar Hill Road.

Governor Janet Mills in 2019 signed a renewable energy and climate change bill that provides incentives to developers of solar installations.

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