STOP SHAFTSBURY SOLAR

Join Us to Protect Our Neighbors and Town from a Connecticut Commodities Trading Company Building One of the Largest Industrial Solar Fields in Vermont Across 87-Football-Fields-Worth of Prime Agricultural Land in Shaftsbury

your town’s Food security, farmland, wildlife, home values, views, roads, businesses, water sheds and more are all threatened for the sake of out-of-state power & profits

NOW: SUBMIT PUBLIC COMMENTS & QUESTIONS

DEADLINE: 2/3/2023

Time Required: 10 Minutes

These public comments are for the solar developer—Freepoint Solar LLC working as VT Real Estate Holdings 1 LLC. At this point the Vermont Public Utility Commission is merely collecting comments to pass on to the developer. Please direct your comments to the developer. And please be calm, clear, and unyielding in your comments.

  1. CLICK HERE to open the Shaftsbury Solar PUC case page
  2. Just above the green section, and under the black bar, open the Select Action pull-down menu
  3. Select Add Public Comment
  4. Write your public comment in the Comment text area.
    Be clear and specific. Ask any and all questions you may have.

    (Note: Due to quirks in the PUC web site, we recommend BOTH writing your comments into the Comment box AND creating a document with your comments—as a PDF—and attaching that in the Upload Comment section. This is not required, but it will allow those who have “subscribed to this case” to receive your comments as an email.)

  5. Click Yes to the question Are you filing as an individual?
  6. Answer the CAPTCHA math question for security verification.
  7. Click on Proceed and wait until a new window appears.
  8. Forward this email to more people.

    That’s it!

OPTIONAL: You can subscribe to the case by:

  1. Open the Select Action drop down menu again.
  2. Select Subscribe to this Case.
  3. Follow the instructions to set up a new account, or login to an existing account.

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On December 20, 2022, the Town of Shaftsbury, Vermont received notice from a commodities trading company from Stamford, Connecticut known as Freepoint Commodities LLC (working as Freepoint Solar LLC working as VT Real Estate Holdings 1 LLC working as Shaftsbury Solar LLC) that they intend to build one of Vermont’s largest industrial solar power plants across 187 acres of our town’s prime agricultural land and rolling hilltops.

This industrial solar development will blanket our beloved hillsides with 87 football-fields-worth of solar panels—degrading land, disrupting wildlife, ruining views, polluting our watershed, widening roads, damaging home values, harming tourism, damaging local businesses, and more. Freepoint Commodities LLC plans to build new roads, substations, and powerlines.

This project will provide Shaftsbury with no power, no profits, and no jobs.

We stand strongly opposed this proposal and are committed to fighting this project respectfully—but every single step of the way. We will not compromise when it comes to the well-being of our neighbors, the natural resources of our town, and our right to protect our homes.

We hope you will join our fight.

Stay tuned to this page for more resources.

Important Documents

Important Links

Important Dates

  • Shaftsbury Select Board Meeting – Monday, 1/16/23 – 6:30pm
  • Stop Shaftsbury Solar Meeting – Tuesday, 1/17/23 – 12:30pm – contact us for location
  • Shaftsbury Development Review Board Meeting – Wednesday, 1/18/23 – 5:45pm
  • Shaftsbury Planning Commission – Tuesday, 1/24/23 – 6pm
  • Special Select Board Meeting – Monday, 1/30/23 – 6pm – Agenda
  • Vermont Public Utility Commission Public Comment – 2/3/23
  • Shaftsbury Special Meeting on Solar Project – TBD – Early February

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Wendell Berry