Town to consider 8-acre lot for solar farm



BAR HARBOR — Town councilors will consider a 40-acre piece of town land adjacent to the Seabury Drive subdivision off Route 3 for development of a solar farm.

Councilor Gary Friedmann brought up the idea of using eight acres of the site to install enough capacity to power 300-400 homes in Bar Harbor at the May 5 town council meeting. The council would explore selling the remainder of the land to Acadia National Park, as it sits within their ultimate acquisition boundary.

“Right now, this land is doing nothing for the town. It’s just sitting there,” Friedmann said. Councilors agreed 7-0 to have town staff explore the possibilities of making the lot a solar farm site. Friedmann pointed out at the meeting that an upcoming town meeting question regarding the potential leasing of town land or rooftop space for a solar farm would allow use of the site.

“The language of the article does not specify the salt shed or anything else,” Friedmann said. “All it does is give the council the power to negotiate leases for solar power generation.”

 

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