Moratorium on State Subsidies for Ground Mounted Solar

Governor Charlie Baker (Massachusetts), Secretary Kathleen Theoharides (Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs)

To: Governor Baker, Secretary Theoharides

and Our Legislators

We demand a moratorium on solar subsidies and approvals unless they meet these standards:

  • On rooftops or existing infrastructure
  • If ground-mounted: limited to 5 acres or less and land not cleared within the last five years, and no impact on:

                • Biodiversity including plants and animals listed under the Massachusetts Endangered Species                     Act,

                • Forests, protected open space or agricultural land,

                • Native American cultural areas as determined by Massachusetts' Indigenous people,

                • BioMap 2 Critical Natural Landscape Core Habitat, Important Habitat, or Priority Habitat, or

                • Outstanding Resource Waters, wetlands or rivers.


Today in Massachusetts these projects

threaten more than 1,700 acres:

Acushnet (11 total acres): 0&88 Wing Lane - 11 acres *Carver (250 total acres): 204 Plymouth Street - 15 acres* • 223 Meadow Street - 15 acres* • 40 Fuller Street - 213 acres* • 0 Meadow Street - 7 acres*Dartmouth (13 total acres): 0 Hixville Road - 13 acresNorthfield (130 total acres): 0 Pine Meadow Road - 130 acresNorth Hadley (8.5 total acres): Shattuck Road - 8.5 acresNorton (11.4 total acres): 54 Plain Street Solar - 11.4 acresStoughton (19 total acres): Heron Crossing Solar Project - 19 acresShutesbury (190 total acres): Amp Energy Solar Project - 190 acres*Wareham (1,028 total acres): 0 Jordan Road - 11 acres • Fearing Hill Road - 44 acres* • 0 Maple Springs Road - 430 acres • 36,44,48 North Carver Road - 46 acres • 370 County Road - 60 acres • 1-13 North Carver Road - 60 acres • 140 Tihonet Road, 150 Thonet Road and 27 Charge Pond Road about 300 acres* • Off North Carver Road - 77 acres*Winchendon (70 total acres): Ecos Energy Solar Project  70 acres* Walpole (25.2 total acres): 1377 North Street - 17.5 acres • 400 Main Street - 7.7 acresWilliamsburg (15 total acres): 95 Main Street - 15 acres*

*includes battery storage

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A doe and a fawn blocked by a chain-link fence on AD Makepeace land in the Carver area at a Borrego Solar site (Photo Taken: July 2021)



To: Governor Charlie Baker (Massachusetts), Secretary Kathleen Theoharides (Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs)
From: [Your Name]

To: Governor Baker, Secretary Theoharides
and Our Legislators

We demand a moratorium on solar subsidies and approvals unless they meet these standards:

On rooftops or existing infrastructure

If ground-mounted: limited to 5 acres or less and land not cleared within the last five years, and no impact on:

• Biodiversity including plants and animals listed under the Massachusetts
Endangered Species Act,

• Forests, protected open space or agricultural land,

• Native American cultural areas as determined by Massachusetts'
Indigenous people,

• BioMap 2 Critical Natural Landscape Core Habitat, Important Habitat, or
Priority Habitat, or

• Outstanding Resource Waters, wetlands or rivers.

Today in Massachusetts these projects threaten more than 1,700 acres:

• Acushnet (11 total acres): 0&88 Wing Lane - 11 acres * • Carver (250 total acres): 204 Plymouth Street - 15 acres* • 223 Meadow Street - 15 acres* • 40 Fuller Street - 213 acres* • 0 Meadow Street - 7 acres* • Dartmouth (13 total acres): 0 Hixville Road - 13 acres • Northfield (130 total acres): 0 Pine Meadow Road - 130 acres • North Hadley (8.5 total acres): Shattuck Road - 8.5 acres • Norton (11.4 total acres): 54 Plain Street Solar - 11.4 acres • Stoughton (19 total acres): Heron Crossing Solar Project - 19 acres • Shutesbury (190 total acres): Amp Energy Solar Project - 190 acres* • Wareham (1,028 total acres): 0 Jordan Road - 11 acres • Fearing Hill Road - 44 acres* • 0 Maple Springs Road - 430 acres • 36,44,48 North Carver Road - 46 acres • 370 County Road - 60 acres • 1-13 North Carver Road - 60 acres • 140 Tihonet Road, 150 Thonet Road and 27 Charge Pond Road about 300 acres* • Off North Carver Road - 77 acres* • Winchendon (70 total acres): Ecos Energy Solar Project 70 acres* • Walpole (25.2 total acres): 1377 North Street - 17.5 acres • 400 Main Street - 7.7 acres • Williamsburg (15 total acres): 95 Main Street - 15 acres*

*includes battery storage