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Massive solar farm proposed in town of Waterloo

The Florida firm that wants to build a 400 to 500-acre solar panel project in the town will use a state review process to obtain its permit, not a local process through the town of Waterloo.

David Boxold, project manager for development for Nextera Energy Resource of Juno Beach, Fla. told the Town Board Monday that the 80 megawatt project would be submitted to the Article 10 process of the state Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment.

“We will submit the application to the siting board in 2020 and if all goes well, we’ll begin construction in 2020,’’ Boxold told the board.

He said the company has agreements to lease some 1,000 acres of land in the Pre-Emption, Packwood, Serven and Border City Road area — all of it open farmland. But he said between 400 and 500 acres would actually see solar panels installed.

“We want to be good neighbors and answer your questions. We want you to bring concerns to our attention and (are) replanning open information sessions on the project at the Serven Fire House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. on September 25,’’ Boxold said.

He said Nextera is the largest developer of solar and wind energy in the world and has projects all over the county.

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