Residents turn out to oppose proposed solar farm

WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) — Dozens of residents have turned out in opposition to a proposal from Green Mountain Power and a solar power firm to build a solar farm in eastern Vermont.

More than 50 residents attended a public forum on the project Monday night and were nearly unanimous in their disapproval of it.

Many residents said it would be an eyesore that would hurt wildlife habitats.

The utility and groSolar want to construct a 4.25 megawatt array on 35 acres of open land just south of the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor. The solar panels would supply enough power to run 1,200 homes. It would be the largest of groSolar's four projects in the state.

Green Mountain Power plans to file an application with the Vermont Public Service Board this month.

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