Westhampton’s proposed solar project receiving push back

Hampshire County

Westhampton residents at Tuesday night’s Planning Board meeting voiced concerns about the approval of a special permit for a proposed solar energy project.

New York-based CVE North America wants to transform a former gravel pit on Montague Road into an approximately 21-acre solar energy farm, which would generate five megawatts of power. 

It would be the solar company’s first project in Massachusetts, where they now have several similar project permits pending in other communities. 

CVE Business developer Alex Fox told 22News the project could eventually power 1,200 homes. 

“Half the power to a single large commercial entity and then we would supply them and, maybe, 600 homes,” said Fox.

The project would require the clear-cutting of 12 acres of trees. 

A resident on North Road, who did not want to go on camera, told 22News she has mixed feelings about the project. She’s concerned about the wildlife and the project she called, “a possible eyesore,” if it could affect her property value. 

Westhampton will hire an independent peer reviewer to look at CVE’s plan and evaluate its impact. The company was unable to tell 22News how much the project would cost. 

The Town of Westhampton will address this matter again on August 7.

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