A Massachusetts renewable energy company that plans to build a 125-megawatt solar farm in Rutland is willing to pay the city up to $450,000 for its easement rights under the Black River.
New Leaf Energy needs to bore a transmission line underneath the Black River in order to construct the 520-acre solar project. The city owns the area underneath the river.
Three New Leaf Energy company officials attended a council work session Tuesday night to discuss the proposal.
The company could go over the Black River or in the water, but would prefer to go underneath it to connect with a substation on the other side of river, near the village of Black River line, they said.
They need the transmission line to get the solar power to the substation, City Manager Kenneth A. Mix said. “This is crucial,” Mr. Mix said.
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