Posted at: 08/08/2013 5:19 PM
| Updated at: 08/08/2013 5:49 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
GREENFIELD - Skidmore College teaches its students to be responsible members of the community.
And the school is planning to practice what it teaches by reducing its carbon footprint.
Skidmore has a bright new idea to harness the power of the sun.
The college owns land in Greenfield, adjacent to this baseball field.
So, they want to build a solar array on eight acres, with 6,950 panels that are each three feet by six feet.
The array would be the largest in the area. The town supervisor likes the idea of green energy in Greenfield.
"It's a nice fit, but will it be feasible in this scale. That's the question," said Supervisor Dick Rowland.
The project requires town approval.
Neighbors to the property have raised concerns about how it would fit into the town's rolling farmland. They've hired an attorney to help them fight it.
The Town is listening, but hasn't made a decision. It's now in the hands of the planning board.
"We want to make sure that this project would be comfortable in the neighborhood as opposed to deterring or detracting from the neighborhood in any way possible," said Rowland.
Skidmore's budget director wasn't available for an interview Thursday, but the school says the array would be equal to eliminating the greenhouse gases of 383 vehicles. And it would create enough power annually for 26-hundred homes.
But the nearby homes aren't enthused. Their attorney has asked the town to enact a moratorium on any new solar panels.