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Support for Big Solar Erodes—Literally—in New England

March 10, 2020, 10:56 AM

Environmental groups generally love solar energy—but some in New England are complaining about the projects contributing to soil erosion, Adrianne Appel writes.

  • Solar companies in the region like to build solar farms on hillsides to maximize sun exposure, but that’s where erosion is most likely, some environmentalists say. Concerns about erosion come as solar has boomed in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, where incentives were given to solar developers.
  • Some groups want state regulators to address potential stormwater runoff through new siting rules, tougher permitting requirements and inspections, and incentives to build on former industrial sites and rooftops—instead of forested...
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