Solar Gone Wrong in Massachusetts: Case Studies

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Large ground-mounted industrial solar projects have already destroyed over 4,000 acres of Massachusetts forests and farmland according to a recent Mass Audubon and Clark University study. Under the state’s climate plan, 158,000 of forested lands are proposed to be destroyed for more ground-mounted industrial solar. Check out our Wall of Shame for more.

Here are examples:

Amherst, MA

Carver MA As of Spring, 2022: 20 projects, 470 acres, unknown number of lithium ion battery storage systems (BESS) located throughout the Town.

Hopkinton, MA September 2022

Northfield, MA

Rochester, MA

Shutesbury, MA

Wareham, MA: 19 ground-mounted industrial solar/battery projects

Wareham, MA: Fearing Hill forest, wetlands threatened by solar

Wendell, MA: Adopted a one-year moratorium on industrial solar and battery projects

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