One solar farm in Dover canceled; another still in process – York Dispatch

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One of two controversial solar farms planned for Dover Township is no more.

According to John McLucas, Dover Township director of planning, Mechanicsburg-based firm Solar Renewable Energy requested the withdrawal of its application in January for a 27-acre, 10,500 solar panel farm off of Harmony Grove Road.

“[The letter] indicated the client decided not to pursue the project based on the fees for PPL Electric Utilities’ upgrades,” McLucas said via email.

Dover resident Joe Heffelfinger showing the distance between his property and the proposed solar farm for the Board at the meeting about the proposed solar farm in Dover on March 15, 2023.

The proposed project had been approved for a special use exemption last April after three meetings of the Zoning Hearing Board. It had faced opposition from residents at the time, who had proved resistant to solar farms in Dover.

Solar Renewable Energy did not respond to a request for comment.

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Meanwhile, the other solar farm Dover approved in recent years is currently being reviewed by Dover, according to McLucas.

“The larger project required some land development design changes after staff & engineering reviews and was resubmitted to the township in early April. We are currently working through the reviews of their revisions,” McLucas said.

The 600-acre solar farm, the first of its kind approved in Dover, faced intense pushback and resistance from residents. First proposed in November 2021, it took until June 2022 to receive conditional approval.

Enel North America, the company that had proposed the solar project, did not respond to a request for comment.

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