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At its November 4 meeting, the Sanford Planning Board gave approval to an application by NBD Solar Maine, LLC, for a new 7.5 megawatt solar facility to be constructed on property at 83 Airport Road, near the intersection with Gatehouse Road.

The plans call for less than 20 acres of the 107 acre parcel to be developed. Two sections of the property where the panels will be installed will be fenced off. The project when completed will connect to the Central Maine Power grid, and supply enough electricity to power 2,000 to 3,000 homes.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is requiring a conservation easement on 50 acres at the back of the property, to protect habitat for Black Racer Snakes and two species of butterflies. That part of the parcel abuts another property which is also under conservation easement.

The solar panels on the property will not be movable, but will be at a fixed 20 degree tilt. A “glint and glare” study was performed to ensure that there would be no reflection from the panels that could be dangerous to aircraft taking off or landing at the airport.

Image by Sebastian Ganso from Pixabay

The plan at left shows the location of the property. At right, the horizontal lines show where the solar panels will be installed; the crosshatched area in the bottom half of the illustration is the conservation easement.
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