Sedgwick solar farm approved

SEDGWICK — The Planning Board Tuesday unanimously approved the town’s first commercial solar farm.

The meeting was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The largest privately owned commercial solar company in the United States, Borrego Solar, intends to build a 19.9-acre solar farm on a blueberry field off Caterpillar Hill Road. The company is leasing the land from Bruce and Lynette Grindle, according to Matt Swansburg, project developer for Borrego Solar’s northeast division.

The portion of the meeting about the solar farm took less than an hour with scant public comment.

Swansburg said construction is expected to start in the spring of 2021.

The solar development is expected to generate 8.5 million kilowatt hours annually, which will go into the electrical grid. The company plans to sell the power to Emera Maine.

Planning Board member Peter Neill asked Swansburg if the company would consider making a charitable donation to the school and town.

“I don’t want to be disingenuous this evening and commit to something I can’t approve,” Swansburg said, but added that he was “open to having a conversation.”

Neill replied that “a big-hearted corporate partner would be welcome” in the small town of Sedgwick.

The company also is planning to develop a solar farm in Orland, Swansburg said.

Jennifer Osborn

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