Framingham Episcopal church proposes solar panels over its parking lot – MetroWest Daily News

FRAMINGHAM — Officials at a Maple Street church are proposing to install solar panels on a canopy over the parish’s parking lot.

Officials with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, DiPrete Engineering and Plankton Energy submitted plans to the city’s Planning Board to construct a canopy over the church parking lot and to install solar panels. The project area is 16,000 square feet and there are no proposed changes to the existing building.

The church — at 3 Maple St. — is housed in a neighborhood and some residents are concerned about the project and its effect on the surrounding homes. Some during last week’s Planning Board public hearing called the project an eyesore and asked the project team to make it more aesthetically pleasing by adding a landscaping buffer.

Officials at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, at 3 Maple St. in Framingham, are proposing to build a canopy in the parking lot that would contain solar panels.

“It is a very industrial looking project,” said Maple Street resident Don Copson.

The Rev. Julie Carson met with a handful of neighbors in advance of the meeting to discuss their concerns and said proponents of the solar panels will work with the neighborhood to come to a solution.

“I really do care that this is done with the attention of everyone,” she said.

July 9, 2021 susan ward