The town of Strafford is looking to sell a large parcel of land that was originally intended for a solar site in Hartland. However, not a single solar panel sits on the 171-acre chunk of land nestled against I-91.
The Valley News reports that the site was purchased around twenty years ago by the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District with the intent to become a landfill once Lebanon’s closed. But, Lebanon expanded their facilities and it was determined that the Hartland site would instead be used for a solar field.
The waste district approached White River Junction-based GroSolar to move forward with the development, who then spoke to Green Mountain Power to work out the logistics. However, it was discovered that the land’s existing wires and circuits would need to be upgraded to transport the solar energy, which would cost more than a million dollars.
The town of Strafford is now asking that the land be sold, seeing the upgrades as too expensive.