Morgan appeals PSB approval of Seymour Lake Solar project

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copyright the Chronicle September 14, 2016

by Paul Lefebvre

MORGAN — Selectmen here are accusing the Public Service Board (PSB) of failing to give the town a fair shake in granting a Certificate of Public Good (CPG) to the developer of a 500-Kilowatt solar project.

On Monday, attorney Cindy Hill, representing the town, filed a motion with the Public Service Board (PSB) requesting it reconsider its decision.

“Morgan is not a town that’s going to roll over,” said Candy Moot, a resident of Morgan and an opponent of the project. “We’re going to fight this.”

The motion contends that board Chair James Volz did not follow through on his promise to grant a technical hearing in the case.

“The town feels that due process was denied,” Ms. Moot charged.

In an e-mail to the Chronicle Monday, Ms. Moot wrote that “the PSB issued a CPG without responding to or considering the comments raising substantive issues by the Town of Morgan, the Agency of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation, Department of Public Service or Vermont Electric Co-op.”

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Seymour Lake Solar gets green light from Public Service Board

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copyright the Chronicle August 31, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

MORGAN — The Public Service Board (PSB) has awarded Seymour Lake Solar’s proposed 500-megawatt solar farm in Morgan a Certificate of Public Good (CPG.)

That will allow the company, owned by energy developer David Blittersdorf, to move forward with installing solar trackers in a hayfield Mr. Blittersdorf owns overlooking Lake Seymour.

“Needless to say, we’re quite disappointed,” said Larry Labor, chair of the Morgan Select Board. “A lot of people went to a great deal of effort opposing this.”

Mr. Blittersdorf applied for the CPG almost a year ago, in September of 2015.   The PSB approved it on August 26.

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