- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - The legal battle over a proposed 2.3-megawatt solar field in Rutland will continue, but this time, in Vermont Supreme Court.

The Select Board authorized the appeal to the state Supreme Court last week, The Rutland Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1HQkUZx).

A certificate of public good was awarded to groSolar for the solar field project earlier this year despite the town’s protests. The project calls for 524 solar racks to be placed on 15 acres of land on Cold River Road.

Select Board Chairman Joe Dicton said the town opposes the construction based on “agricultural, aesthetic and historical concerns.”

Despite the appeal, groSolar Executive Vice President Rod Viens hopes to begin construction this summer and wrap up by the end of the year. The company has not determined if it will start construction before the Supreme Court decision.

“We’ve never had a project go to the Supreme Court before,” said Joseph Zingale, Rutland town administrator.

Residents of Cold River Road said they will pursue legal action if the town’s appeal fails, citing depreciation of land value.

Viens said the solar field would generate enough power for 400 average-sized houses.

He added that approximately 65 to 85 people would be employed to build the field during different points of the construction process.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, https://www.rutlandherald.com/

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