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Judge rejects plans for Portsmouth solar farm

July 30, 2018

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — A judge has shut down plans for a 29-acre solar farm in Rhode Island.

The Providence Journal reported Monday the judge has reversed a zoning board’s approval of the Portsmouth Solar proposal in Portsmouth.

The board previously found that the solar farm represented a public utility. Judge Brian Van Couyghen says the farm instead represents a manufacturing facility because it transforms sunlight into electricity.

Manufacturing is not allowed in residential zones under the current ordinance.

A lawyer for the couple that challenged the zoning board’s approval says they are happy with the judge’s ruling, as they didn’t want thousands of solar panels near their home.

A lawyer with Portsmouth Solar could not be reached for comment.

The judge’s ruling is still under review by the town.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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