Solar developer donates $5,000 to help Wareham's natural environment

By Lydia Goerner | Mar 20, 2018
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Selectman Alan Slavin was one of the board members who accepted a gift from BlueWave Solar on Tuesday.

A solar company that cleared land for renewable energy has given the town a $5,000 gift, to be used for trail and tree maintenance, Selectmen learned on March 20.

Boston-based solar developer BlueWave Solar is currently installing 32,724 solar panels on land off Charge Pond Road. At the Selectmen’s meeting, BlueWave Managing Director Jon Macini explained the gift to the town.

Since some trees were taken down to make way for the solar energy facility, the company wanted the donation to help clear trails and beautify a town forest, Macini said.

“We wanted to help give back to the community,” Macini said. He said dead tree removal at Minot Forest was an idea the company had in mind for the money.

Macini said officials at BlueWave Solar want to set up a community event in Wareham to help with trail maintenance and perform cleanup, as well.

Construction for the massive solar energy facility in an open space off Charge Pond Road was approved in December. The panels will generate roughly 12 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power approximately 490 medium-sized homes. The area is home to a mix of cranberry bogs and forests.

At meetings last fall discussing BlueWave’s plans, members of the Zoning Board of Appeals expressed concerns regarding clearing the land, which is home to an array of wildlife.

Comments (9)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 20, 2018 22:13

Not a bad idea...a little bribe... sort of like inviting the neighbors when having a loud party.  This solar field isn't going to be visible from anyone's home, so it's really not a big deal.  Those complaining about cutting trees and displacing wildlife are hypocrites if they live in a house, work in a large building, shop in big stores, and drive on roads.  Think of all the trees that were cut and wildlife that was displaced for all that.

 

Whenever I hear some tree hugger at a meeting crying about the environment I watch what kind of vehicle they get into afterwards.  There's never any horse and buggies or bicycles out in the parking lot.  Normally they drive away in some kind of SUV or truck of some sort.  I recall a seawall hearing in Plymouth.  A woman was over the top against it.  She spouted rhetoric about environmental harm etc.  Then she got into a V-10 Ford Excursion!  An obnoxiously massive gas guzzling pig of a vehicle.  What a hypocrite!



Posted by: joycebakes | Mar 21, 2018 10:51

$5,000?  A drop in the bucket.  Should be more like $50,000 to make up for habitat loss.  How many trails will $5,000 cover?  Not enough for a 10 person crew for 3 days...



Posted by: Andrea Smith | Mar 21, 2018 11:20

WBTS - The people that you've labeled hypocrites - are you suggesting they only have a right to speak in behalf of the environment and the wildlife dependent upon it if they live in a cave? Limit their lives to only the areas they can walk to from their cave? Work only in the great outdoors? Shop only at farmer's markets?



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 21, 2018 11:56

Joyce,

 

"make up for habitat loss." Do you mean replication?

 

Replication was not their intent.

 

Maybe you can offer to sell them your house and land for replication purposes.  They can knock down your house, bulldoze your yard, and plant trees so it can return to its natural state to help offset the solar farm.  Good idea?



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 21, 2018 12:42

Andrea, yes...yes...that is basically what I'm saying.  I didn't think I was labeling.  It's more like stating a fact.  Many many people have really drank the Kool Aid regarding what is commonly accepted as good or bad for the environment.  Often their views are short sighted because they fail to see themselves as part of the problem, hence making them hypocrites. It's as simple as that.  I can give you examples all day long regarding Conservation, zoning, DEP, and similar hearings & meetings where opponents speak out.  It's nauseating to watch.

 

Even worse, often their opposition has nothing to do with the environment and has everything to do with personal agenda!

 

Picture this:  We both own identical, 1 acre wooded lots, side by side.  I apply to build a house. You find no issue and do not oppose my intent.  I clear the lot and build my house without problem.  A year later you apply to build a house and notify me.  I oppose it because of the trees and habitat.  I stir up a big thing about a mud puddle (aka vernal pool) on your lot.  But really it's because I'm just a jerk that doesn't want a neighbor.  You are unable to clear the lot and build that house.  Wouldn't that be a bummer?  Wouldn't I be the biggest hypocrite?  This happens all the time.  That's what I'm saying!

 

 

 

 



Posted by: Andrea Smith | Mar 21, 2018 14:51

WBTS - On the occasions that you post comments filled with factual information and free of negative-stereotyping/generalizations/labeling I think, "if only all of WBTS's comments were like this."

 

And then there are the comments into which you toss negative-stereotyping/generalizations/labeling, the ones that make me think, "there WBTS goes again tossing out bait for debate" and "insulting those who do not reflect a mirror image of who he perceives himself to be."

 



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 21, 2018 15:50

Andrea - I guess I can take the top part as sort of a compliment, so thank you.  Being negative all the time gets exhausting, so I toned it down a bit.



Posted by: joycebakes | Mar 22, 2018 11:02

I was only commenting that $5,000 does not cover much for making trails, a direct suggestion in the initial article.

 



Posted by: desertsky | Mar 23, 2018 08:43

I agree joycebakes, $5000 is a drop in the bucket and since it's probably a tax write-off in some shape or form for the solar company, you'd think they would want to make a bigger "splash". This is a token and pretty meaningless in the grand scheme of things.



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