A developer wants to clear cut the mountain to build a solar plant.
Why We Care
We want you to know why Rescue Candlewood Mountain, a coalition of area residents, opposes the construction of a 20-megawatt solar power utility plant at the top of Candlewood Mountain.
In addition to environmental impacts, New Milford taxpayers could be footing the bill for the developer, Candlewood Solar.
Only 815 feet away from Candlewood Lake, this project has no approved “Storm Water Management Plan.”
Will New Milford taxpayers end up paying for damage from erosion, runoff and improper drainage to our lake and homes?
Seventy acres of core forest and fields will be destroyed and covered by 60,000 solar panels.
That’s more than 50 football fields, seen from New Milford, Bridgewater, Sherman and Washington.
Fragile ecosystems, wildlife and neighboring properties will be forever impacted.
Property values may decrease as much as 20% for those closest to the installation. Who will pay for that?
Road reconstruction due to damage by logging trucks and other heavy equipment is estimated at $3million.
Candlewood Solar has taken out a $100,000 bond “just in case” there is damage.
Decommissioning costs are projected to near $1 million and could be more. Candlewood Solar has not said how this will be paid.
As a limited liability company, there is no guarantee that Candlewood Solar will still exist. Will New Milford taxpayers have to step in at the end of the project?
The power will be sold to a Massachusetts company.
You will not see any reduction in your electric bills from this plant.
While we are concerned about climate change and recognize the benefits of solar power, a deforested Candlewood Mountain is not a proper location for this utility.
We have no choice but to fight this project and appeal the decision. We agree with the Town of New Milford and hundreds of area residents that the Siting Council was wrong when it gave Candlewood Solar the green light.
To date legal bills near $100,000 – and continue to climb.
The trial may take months more. Your help is needed to continue the fight to defend the health, safety, welfare and environmental integrity of our community.