Northumberland solar project remains in limbo

by Jackie Nunnery

The family of the late Rev. Lee Scripture on Thursday, December 8, accepted a resolution from the board of supervisors recognizing his “legacy of service, love and commitment to Northumberland County and its citizens.” In addition to nearly 40 years as pastor of Wicomico Baptist Church, Scripture served 25 years on the Northumberland County School Board and was a sports reporter and statistician. From left are board chairman Richard Haynie, Janet Scripture Harrison, Stephen Scripture, Daniel Harrison and Philip Harrison. Photo by Jackie Nunnery

HEATHSVILLE—Although a conditional use permit (CUP) application was submitted to Northumberland County on May 27, there was still no decision made by the board of supervisors as of last week regarding a proposed 5 megawatt community solar project on Fairport Road. The board held a public hearing Thursday, December 8, on Community Power Group’s (CPG) siting agreement related to the project.

The agreement proposed an upfront payment of $11,450 per megawatt (MW) in the first year, $687 per MW in years 2-23, and $611 per MW in years 24-30, totaling $154,205 over the life of the project.

In addition, Rachel Boots with CPG said the county would receive another $416,260 in a revenue sharing plan for a total of $570,465 over the course of 30 years, on average just over $19,000 per year in the county coffers. In addition to the revenue, Boots said residents could subscribe to the community solar project and reduce their electric bills by 5-10%.

Supervisor James Brann said, “It’s not a lot of revenue” and suggested that the 5-10% was not a significant savings on electric…

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