Conservation Commission votes no on Fearing Hill solar project

Nov 23, 2022

The long-debated Fearing Hill solar farm may have finally gone dark.

The Conservation Commission unanimously voted to deny a permit to the project, which would have stood on 91 and 101 Fearing Hill Road, during their meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Commission Member Nicole Locurto had to abstain from the vote due to missing a prior meeting.

The Commission found that the project would have adverse effects on the nearby wetlands, vegetation and wildlife. 

Many residents have voiced similar concerns about the project’s potential effects on wildlife at past meetings. 

Chairwoman Sandra Slavin read from Conservation Administrator David Pichette’s summary of the report, which noted that the project would be built on wetlands protected under the Wareham Wetland Bylaw.

The Wareham Planning Board was waiting for the Conservation Commission’s vote before voting on the project themselves. Their vote will likely take place at Monday, Nov. 28’s meeting.