Plans for two more Panton solar arrays advance

PANTON — As the town of Panton and Green Mount Power iron out details for GMP’s proposed 4.99MW solar array along Panton Road (see related story), two proposals for 500kW arrays on Panton land leased from the Vorsteveld Farm are also moving forward. Waterbury’s Green Lantern Group is planning both of the net-metered projects, one off the south side of Panton Road across from Basin Harbor Road, and one on the east side of Jersey Street across from the main Vorsteveld barn.
Green Lantern Director of Project Development Sam Carlson said in a Thursday email the Panton Road project has moved further along.
Carlson said Green Lantern on Dec. 21 submitted to the Public Service Board (PSB) its application for a Certificate of Public Good (CPG) on the Panton Road array, and the application was “favorably reviewed by the Agency of Natural Resources and Department of Public Service.”
He added, “Adjoining neighbors have approved the proposed vegetative screening plan for this project,” and that Green Lantern hopes for a CPG soon.
Green Lantern submitted its CPG application for the Jersey Street array to the PSB on Jan. 25. Carlson wrote the array, which would be installed on a slope that runs down from the road, “will be essentially invisible to the public.”  
In both cases, Carlson wrote, the PSB would consider while looking at Green Lantern’s smaller arrays the work now being done by Green Mountain Power to evaluate the effect of its 4.99MW project on the regional power grid: “Green Mountain Power is in the process of finalizing its System Impact Study (SIS) for the large 4.9 MW solar project it hopes to build and operate in Panton. The results of that SIS will now be incorporated into the Fast Track Analysis for Green Lantern’s proposed solar project.”
In October, Carlson estimated each Green Lantern array could power between 100 and 120 homes for a year and would also generate, to start with, between $5,000 and $6,000 of annual property tax revenue to Panton.
The company, he said, has already developed arrays in towns that include Rutland, Proctor and Ryegate, and is working in other towns, including Ferrisburgh and Brandon.
Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at [email protected].

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