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Public meetings on solar farm planned for Thursday

A public meeting to discuss a proposed solar farm at the airport will take place next week.

Bermuda Environmental Consulting Ltd, hired to conduct an environmental assessment for the project, said they hoped the meeting would help them determine the impact of any development.

Jack Ward of BEC said: “This is a chance for the public to come out and ask questions about Bermuda's first commercial scale solar energy project.

“Attendees will learn how the construction and operation of the plant will be managed and about the benefits of 6 megawatts of renewable energy but, more importantly, this is an opportunity to hear and document any concerns that members of the public may have. Community feedback is a critical part of any credible environmental impact assessment — it allows us to better assess how the positive impacts of the development may be enhanced and how any negatives may be avoided, managed or minimised.”

The project is being developed by Saturn Solar Bermuda, an offshoot of a Canadian firm, who won a bid to build a solar farm on the unused “finger” at the airport.

The developer has estimated the project could generate up to 13 per cent of the island's peak power when it is completed.

The public meeting will be held at the World Heritage Centre on Penno's Wharf, St George's on July 19.

The meeting will run from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Aerial view: LF Wade International Airport, St David's Island, St George's (File photograph)

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Published July 13, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated July 13, 2018 at 8:59 am)

Public meetings on solar farm planned for Thursday

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