Since June 2017, Rescue Candlewood Mountain, a coalition of New Milford and Sherman residents, has opposed Massachusetts-based Ameresco’s proposal for a 20-megawatt solar power plant planned for the top of Candlewood Mountain.
A pristine and rural residential area would turn into an industrial zone.
54-acres of core forest would be clear-cut.
Runoff and erosion caused by logging 12,000+ trees may impact Candlewood Lake, neighboring properties and environs.
Fragile ecosystems will be disrupted, harming wildlife, vernal pools and wetlands.
We are concerned about the impact of climate change. We recognize the benefits of solar power. But 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 to the courts. We agree with the Town of New Milford, HVA, Weantinoge and hundreds of area residents that the Siting Council was wrong when it gave Candlewood Solar the green light to go ahead with this project.
To date our legal bills near $100,000 – and continue to climb. We need your help to continue the fight. Tell out-of-state corporations that we will defend the health, safety, welfare and environmental integrity of our community – no matter the cost.