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Energy Company Proposes Simsbury Solar Farm

February 3, 2016 Business, Environment No Comments

An energy company known more for its wind projects is proposing a solar farm on 153 acres in the vicinity of Route 10 in Simsbury, near the Granby town line.

A subsidiary of  Providence, Rhode Island based Deepwater Wind Holdings, LLC is looking to build a 26.4 megawatt-AC solar power generating facility on three separate sites, according to a proposal filed with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. It would be dubbed the Simsbury Solar Farm.

Deepwater, according to its application, developed the Block Island Wind Farm – “the first offshore wind farm in America.”

The Deepwater proposal is one of 30 different possible projects submitted to the DEEP – in conjunction with officials in Massachusetts and Rhode Island –  as part of the agency’s clean energy Request for Proposals. State law allows DEEP to select projects that could collectively meet 15 percent of the state’s energy demands.

“We’re pleased with the response to this historic RFP, based on our initial look at the number of responses, and the creativity and ambition of the projects proposed,” DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee stated via a press release.  “This is good news for Connecticut’s ratepayers and signals the very real potential for us to deliver a cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy future for residents and businesses of our state.”

DEEP is expected to award projects in the second half of 2016, and Klee will seek input from Connecticut Attorney General, Consumer Counsel, and Procurement Manager.

Contracts also need approval by the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and the solar farm would need approvals from local land-use agencies and the Connecticut siting council.

If all the pieces were to fall into place, the company hopes begin operation by the end of 2018.

Messages left for Deepwater Wind Holdings were not immediately returned.

See more about the RFP process and find each specific proposal at http://cleanenergyrfp.com. Note that many of the details have been “redacted” from public view.

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