BENNINGTON, Vt. -- A 10-acre parcel on the eastern edge of town has been sold to a limited liability corporation and may be developed into a solar park.
According to town records, Bennington Solar Park, LLC, purchased the property to the east of the Papa Pete's restaurant on Route 9 on Monday for $150,000. The property transfer record filed with the town indicates that the land is intended to be used for a solar park.
Bennington Solar Park is incorporated in Vermont and owned by Delaware-based Energy Information Corp. Gabriel Selig, listed as an agent for Bennington Solar Park on the property transfer record, declined to discuss the project.
Any potential solar energy production facility would go through the state's Act 248 process and need approval from the Public Service Board. Solar projects are typically part of the Vermont Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development program, or SPEED. The program provides set prices that are above market rates for certain forms of renewable energy.
There are no permit applications on file with the town, according to Planning Director Daniel Monks. Judith Whitney, the deputy clerk for the PSB, said no formal petition has been filed with the board.
However, a 45-day advance notice of intent to file a petition with the PSB is required. She said a letter dated Sept. 22 was sent by the company to the town, meeting that requirement.
Selig appeared before the Stamford Select