FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ — A proposal by Willow Brook Solar to put in 9,720 solar panels on a 9.4 acre parcel on 56 Willow Brook Road is on the Thursday night time agenda for the township Planning Board. The board meets at 7 p.m. on the Municipal Building.
The parcel is on a 35.4 acre farm, owned by Polhemus & Gibson Farm of Freehold, that has an current farmhouse, silo and different farm buildings that can stay on the website, in keeping with the board agenda.
The 3.74 megawatt challenge is taken into account a dual-use solar challenge as a result of the location will proceed to function as a farm whereas additionally working as a solar facility, paperwork on the agenda say.
The property is on the south aspect of Willow Brook Road. It is bounded to the north by the Route 33 bypass; the Debois Creek is to the east. Single-family residential neighborhoods are situated to the west and south, paperwork say.
There can be enhancements to the location, together with two concrete tools pads, six utility poles and one permeable grass paver driveway and a six-foot tall black vinyl-coated fence, with minor storm water infrastructure.
The website will embrace new plantings to display it from neighboring parcels. The panels are proposed to have a most top of 5 toes, 9 inches when totally rotated, the paperwork say.
The challenge comes beneath the New Jersey Dual Use Solar Act of 2021 that requires solar tasks to be situated on unpreserved farmland that can keep an agricultural use, the paperwork say.
The challenge would tie into the JCP&L electrical grid and performance as a a group solar growth, offering renewable energy for purchasers who can’t set up non-public solar panels on their property. The challenge would provide native clients with clear energy and utility invoice financial savings whereas persevering with the help of native meals provide by its farm operations, paperwork within the software say.
Some residents within the space say they oppose the challenge, in keeping with statements made to app.com. They say it might have an effect on the pure habitat of the realm and should trigger noise or glare points points and have an effect on home values.