HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Some residents of Hatfield continue to oppose plans to build a solar farm in the small Hampshire County town, and now they may be taking the developer to court.
Several town residents are telling Citizen's Energy Corp., that they don't want their solar farm in their backyard. The Boston-based developer is proposing a roughly 20-acre solar farm be built atop a plot of unused farmland on Chestnut Street.
The project's director told 22News the solar project will bring added tax revenue to the town and power 500 homes. But residents are not convinced, saying the array will impact their quality of life and property value. They've hired a lawyer hoping to stop the zoning board from granting developers a building permit.
"An industrial project like this that will serve over 500 homes and will take prime agricultural land out of production for decades, it's the sort of thing that belongs in an industrial zone, not in a rural residential area," said Attorney Michael Pill, who is representing the 25 Hatfield residents.
Developers told 22News that state law allows for the construction of solar projects in any location, except where specific bylaws prohibit them. There is no such bylaw in Hatfield.