Sina-cism: Those solar farm blues

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The recent decision by the Millbury Planning Board to approve a controversial solar farm that borders a residential neighborhood in Worcester got me thinking about how we Americans go about saving the world.

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Pretty oddly, I think.

I’m not saying the 4.5-acre solar farm being developed by ZPT Energy Solutions won’t have a certain degree of utility. And Millbury officials appear to have acted consistently with zoning laws and legal precedents.

That said, I can’t blame the residents of Worcester’s Flint Pond Village for being upset that they will soon have several acres of solar panels for neighbors. If it were in my neighborhood, I’d be upset, too, but not simply because I think solar farms in residential neighborhoods are an eyesore.

The real problem lies in the numbers. This solar farm will yield 0.57 megawatts of energy.


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