admin November 24, 2020

The Connecticut Council unanimously agreed to develop a solar farm that will host over 45000 solar panels to generate solar energy in Waterford. Although the GRE Gacrux LLC took this news well, environmental activists are against it because it might sabotage the water sources and the landscape. Two years ago, the plan was denied by the Council after Waterford and STR-STH complained over the potential of interfering with this region’s wildlife.

The deputy chief executive of STR-STH, Deb Moshier-Dunn, expressed dissatisfaction over the solar energy project’s approval in this crucial area. The agency has demonstrated various evidence that the project might be environmentally unfriendly due to its enormity and interaction with the environment, but the Council paid little interest. STR-STH believes that solar energy projects are an essential addition but not enough to paralyze the environment’s unparalleled diversity to sustain other components of the ecosystem. The agency believes that the project will wipe out many trees that crucial for the survival of wildlife.

The previous denial of the Connecticut Council’s project made GRE replan the project to deal effectively with the loopholes that resulted in its denial. The amendments proved to be workable, forcing the Council to approve the project. Initially, the plan was to take up 98 acres of land, but it was reduced to 75, which the Council thinks is plausible.

GRE took Massachusetts engineers to replan the project and make it eco-friendly in line with the regulations and policies articulated in the previous denial. The engineers slotted in a workable mechanism that will save the company the trouble of dispositioning the stormwaters that support the ecosystem.

Furthermore, GRE conducted stepwise landscape analysis to determine the structures they can install without disturbing the ecosystem. The new plan details a 1000 reduction in the number of solar panels to come through the project. The project also articulates that it can meet the energy demands of over 3000 households in Connecticut, minimizing the carbon emissions by close to half by the end of this decade.

The Council discovered that the plan is plausible and would result in minimal disturbance of the ecosystem. On the other hand, STR-STH challenged this decision saying that it does not consider the welfare of the ecosystem and focuses on bringing more harm than good to the Waterford region.

Finally, Connecticut residents are keenly observing to witness the unfolding of events before they can voice their grievances if the project becomes a mishap of what they have been promised. Hopefully, GRE would deliver the electricity to meet the needs of the consumers.