Vt. High Court Tells Agency To Redo Solar Project Review

Law360 (September 6, 2019, 7:16 PM EDT) -- The Vermont Supreme Court on Friday ordered the state Public Utility Commission to review again a solar generation project opposed by neighbors of the proposed facility, but said the project isn't necessarily doomed.

The court said the PUC improperly sidestepped consideration of the town of Bennington's rules when the town didn't formally oppose the two-megawatt solar generation facility, called the Apple Hill project. Neighbors and a homeowners association challenged the commission's approval of the project. Vermont Justice Beth Robinson, writing for a unanimous court, said the Bennington Town Plan established guidelines for the kinds of construction that was allowed locally, but those rules...

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