A truck hauling permit and utility easement has gotten the go-ahead for the planned solar energy farm on the former site of the B.L. Cousino Inc. hay and straw mill in Erie Township.
ERIE â€“ A truck hauling permit and utility easement has gotten the go-ahead for the planned solar energy farm on the former site of the B.L. Cousino Inc. hay and straw mill in Erie Township.
The Board of County Road Commissioners approved the easement Monday night. The approval is typical of commercial operations in the county, said Randy Pierce, managing director for the road commission.
The farm, called Temperance Solar LLC, is slowly developing on 150 acres sold by LAC real estate company at S. Dixie Hwy. (M-125) and Sterns Rd. about three miles south of the Village of Erie. Metal pole barns and an office building have been demolished and temporary steel pilings have been placed 8-10 feet in the ground off Sterns. The project is expected to begin in earnest this spring, said Matt Snell, county highway engineer for the road agency.
Geronimo Energy, a National Grid company based in Minneapolis, Minn., is the developer.
â€śTheyâ€™re all set,â€ť Snell said about the firmâ€™s approvals needed from the county. â€śTheyâ€™ve been sending us their plans. Theyâ€™re good to go.â€ť
The easement was the last approval needed from the road commission, he said. It allows the companyâ€™s trucks to use Benore Rd., a gravel road off S. Dixie and the main entrance into the business.
The firm is intent on opening later this year, he said.
The farm is a clean energy project that is expected to provide jobs, boost local property tax revenues for the township and offset carbon dioxide emissions, a spokeswoman for the firm said last month.