FARMINGTON — A public informational meeting on the proposed 320-acre solar energy facility will be held Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Farmington Solar, LLC, an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, will hold the meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room 123 of Olsen Student Center at the University of Maine at Farmington.

The purpose is to share information about the Farmington Solar Project and get feedback, spokeswoman Rebecca Rivera, lead communication specialist for the company, said.

“We feel solar represents a clean, renewable energy source and we are committed to bringing this efficient and reliable energy source to the community,” she said.

Farmington Solar is preparing to file permit applications with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and with the town this year. The facility involves about 600 acres in the areas of Route 2, Hovey Road, Horn Hill Road, Bailey Hill Road and Davis Road.

Photovoltaic panels are expected to cover about 320 acres. Access roads and fencing is planned along with buried and aboveground collection lines, and a substation connecting the project to the electric grid at Central Maine Power’s Sturtevant Substation on Route 2.

Liz Peyton, project manager, and Aaron Svedlow, project director, Solar Development with NextEra Energy, will answer questions Wednesday on a customized, one-to-one type format, Rivera said. People can have a look at the proposed project boundaries and see the visual simulations and maps developed.  

“We hope we will have a good turnout from the community,” she said.

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