Decision on solar farm proposal delayed – again


Proponents — and detractors — of solar power plant project in the township of Dover will have to wait at least another month to see the final fate of the project.

The next zoning board meeting in Dover Township is scheduled for April 20, marking the fourth since the project was first considered in December 2021.

According to Enel, the project developer, the project would be generate 75 megawatts of solar power, enough to power 12,000 homes a year and avoid 80,000 tonnes of annual carbon dioxide emissions. The project would occupy approximately 700 acres of agricultural land to create a solar farm.

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“We continue to demonstrate our commitment to open and transparent community dialogue, and ensure that all voices and concerns are heard and addressed with correct information,” said Brittany Staszak, development manager.

Township officials have repeatedly delayed a final decision on the matter amid public scrutiny. The project continually faced opposition at meetings where it was discussed. This includes opposition from Keep Dover Beautifulan organization that organized to prevent the solar project from happening.

“The Dover Solar I industrial solar farm and other solar farms in the surrounding area threaten agricultural land that is essential to feeding wildlife and helping to sustain food for American consumption,” the group said in a written statement.

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Enel said it worked to answer all questions from the public and continues to seek final approval.

“We remain confident in the record we have maintained over these several months of hearings: the Dover Solar Project meets all applicable requirements of the township ordinances and will have a long-term positive impact for the local community,” Staszak said.

The next meeting will be at Dover Middle School, 46 West Canal St., Dover. This meeting starts at 7 p.m.

– Contact Matt Enright via email at [email protected] or via Twitter at @Matthew_Enright.

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