Solar gone wrong — again. A.D. Makepeace and its former executives at Renewable Energy Development Partners (REDP) have teamed up again for another bad idea for solar: two miles of “solar panel canopies installed over some two miles of agricultural canal in a remote section of Plymouth” according to the company’s September 18, 2023 Press Release.
The project requires approval from the Plymouth Planning Board and Conservation Commission. The application for a wetlands permit is here. [how to upload?] copy is n google drive
About the project
What issues are raised by solar on farmland?
-experimental per DOER Technical Potential study 2023
Ancestral Lands of Wampanoag People TMUD called this all signficant archeolgoical land-link. Michelle article July 2023
Preferential tax law passed by the cranberry industry lobby in 2022 allows them to keep land in Chapter 61A and use it for industrial-commercial purposes
Violates zoning: it is zoned RA it is an industrial-commercial use
Who is REDP:
Other projects two with Makepeace-Charlotte Furnace Plymouth 50 acres of Priority Habitat destroyed by sand mining and solar
REDP Swan Holt Carver: CCA poles proposed, significant archeological site, clearing about 12 acres of forest to create farmland – inconsistent with SMART
REDP: Herring Pond solar in 2016 clearcut ancient Wampanoag land with ancient trails
REDP Gate Street Carver
REDP Rochester: no farm plan
About the Canning Site: former carverside bogs, dumped, request for enforcement to Plymouth BOH in 2022 no response, for dumping sludge, covered with bogs, ilelgal mining; also request to MassDEP Strike Force for investigation. Post here.