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Jewett approves solar moratorium as they consider changes

Mar 23, 2023 12:31 pm

Michael Ryan reports in the Mountain Eagle that in Jewett, in Greene County, the town board last week approved a six-month moratorium on new solar-powered projects while they reconsider their current solar laws. Town Supervisor Greg Kroyer said Jewett will “reconsider our current solar law and very possibly draft a new law that addresses all aspects of larger solar farms.... Currently, we don’t allow anything that is not small scale.... We don’t want [large solar farms] period, but we believe that might not fly if we got challenged. Everything is so solar [focused] now with the State they might overturn our local jurisdiction.” The town planning board will write the revisions, and Kroyer said, “They have had a couple of subdivision applications that have required a lot of attention. They are working off templates from a couple of other towns to prepare a final draft and they aren’t quite ready." Read more about this story in Porcupine Soup.

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