Massachusetts town board approves 2.2 MW solar power proposal

The Select Board in Manchester, Massachusetts, approved the option of a new solar power project on the town's land. According to the Rutland Herald, the solar plant would generate 2.2 megawatts of electricity. 

Renewable energy development company EOS Ventures currently holds a three-year option on the piece of land where the proposed project would be located. The source said if the company chooses to move forward with the plant, it would pay the town $50,000 a year for the solar plant.

In order for the solar project to move forward, EOS has to approve one renewable energy project supported by Vermont's Sustainably Priced Energy Development program, the Herald reported. 

"That is going to be, by far, our biggest hurdle," said EOS Director of Energy Development John Duerin. "We're competing for 4.5 megawatts, and all other renewable technologies are competing for that 4.5. So Cow Power, wind, hydro, bio-gas, landfill gas - we're all competing."

If the project does not move forward this year, the company said it will try again in 2014. 

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