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Rockingham scraps solar plans for now

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ROCKINGHAM, Vt. (AP) - Plans for a solar array in the town of Rockingham, Vt., have been scrapped for now.

The town had planned an estimated 500-kilowatt facility on a gravel pit on town-owned land.

The Eagle-Times reports Municipal Manager Willis Stearns says the property's Act 250 permit had lapsed during Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. He said the town could not reasonably apply for an extension if there were plans to significantly alter the pit with a major solar construction proposal.

Any solar project at the gravel pit would have assumed about 30 percent of the total property for at least two decades, limiting any future industrial or large-scale excavation operations.

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