Mattapoisett board approves new solar project

By Georgia Sparling | Sep 30, 2016
Photo by: Georgia Sparling Richard Riccio, project manager for Field Engineering, describes the new Bluewave Capital solar project on Crystal Springs Road.

Mattapoisett — Bluewave Capital, a Boston-based solar energy developer, will build another solar project in Mattapoisett, following approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday night.

The company already has a completed project on Tinkham Road and one that has been approved but not yet constructed on Crystal Springs Road.

The newest project will be across from the other Crystal Springs Road project, on three lots owned by Dennis Mahoney and Sons.

Richard Riccio, project manager for Field Engineering, presented the seven-megawatt project on Thursday and said it will sit on approximately 27 acres of the 90-acre property. Much of the rest of the land will be protected for box turtles and other wildlife, he said.

Riccio also said the area will be fenced in and properly screened from view. He added that it will require minimal maintenance.

Neighbor Michael Dahill, however, opposed the project.

“We’re talking about radically changing the nature of a street,” he said.

Dahill was concerned that after clearing the land for the solar panels, gunfire from the Fin, Fur and Feather Club, which is next to the project, would be louder. He asked for a noise study of the project.

Dahill said the position of the transformer near the road should be moved back to lessen the noise.

Bluewave representatives said that could be done.

The Zoning Board members unanimously approved the project under the condition that the transformer be relocated, that there be a bond placed on the project that would protect the town and that they plant a buffer of trees.

In other news

The board approved a transfer of ownership for the Mattapoisett Tedeschi convenience store to 7-Eleven. The international company based in Texas purchased the New England chain in 2015.

7-Eleven representative Becky Renalud said nothing about the store will change right now.

“The employees will stay there. The operation will remain just as it is now,” she said. “We want to serve the community like we have been.”

Other shops have undergone rebranding, but Renalud did not indicate if this would be the case in the future for the Mattapoisett shop.

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