A Rhode Island town council is set to consider a proposal for a 46,000 panel solar farm - the largest solar energy project proposed in the region.
The Westerly Sun reports the Hopkinton Town Council is considering a proposal Monday for the 18-megawatt solar farm on a 60-acre panel in Ashaway.
The applicant, Rhode Island Solar Renewable Energy LLC, is requesting a petition to amend the town's land use map and to change the residential zone of the property to special manufacturing.
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Members of the town's Planning Board heard the proposal May 3, but they were unable to reach a consensus on a recommendation to the council.
Planning Board member Amy Williams says she could not recommend a project that would require the clearing of 63 acres of forest.