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NextEra Energy Hosts Public Information Session On Large Solar Project

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The town of Fitzwilliam could be the site of the state's largest solar project. Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources will hold a public information session on Thursday about the project.

The proposed 30 megawatt Chinook Solar Project would be built on 110 acres of private land and would cost about $30 million.

Bryan Garner is a spokesperson for NextEra Energy. He says the energy produced here will satisfy the Three State Clean Energy Request For Proposals

"So there will be some usage of the electricity in New Hampshire. The capacity of it, however, is being purchased by the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut," he said.

Those states have a 20-year power purchase agreement with the company.

The large solar project would need to be approved by New Hampshire's Site Evaluation Committee.

Tonight's information session is one of the first steps in the SEC application process.

Kevin Wooley is a member of Fitzwilliam's conservation commission. He says he's personally for solar, but he "wants to make sure [the town] is treated fairly throughout the process." 

Wooley has heard concerns from people in town about potential run off to Scott Brook, which is in a prime wetland area, and loss of trees on the proposed building site. 

"They say they're going to be wildlife corridors in, but how the wildlife reacts to that is another question," Wooley said. 

"There is good that can come out of this, but I don't want our town to be run over in this either," he said. 

There’s an open house at 5 p.m. and the information session starts at 6 p.m. at the Fitzwilliam Town Hall.

Daniela is an editor in NHPR's newsroom. She leads NHPR's Spanish language news initiative, ¿Qué Hay de Nuevo, New Hampshire? and the station's climate change reporting project, By Degrees. You can email her at dallee@nhpr.org.

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