Jackson Council Candidates Discuss Solar Energy Farm at Abandoned Legler Site
A proposal has emerged within the township to install a solar panel array on the unused portions of the Legler Landfill site in Jackson. Here’s what the candidates had to say about it. Each candidate was asked to respond individually. Bonnie Barrington and Ray Cattonar filed their questions jointly.
Rob Nixon: I have supported the solar power farm concept as a member of the Economic Development Committee and believe it is an overdue win for Township taxpayers. The solar farm will have no impact on the environmental condition of the site and will generate revenue on property with limited use.
Ken Bressi: I support this project; it is good location for such a project and will have a substantial savings for our town.
Barry Calogero: I think this is a tremendous opportunity to save taxpayers money by using green energy.
Barrington-Cattonar: Ray has researched solar power over the last 25 years and by concept we totally support solar power as an alternative energy source. What we’re against is frivolously spending money on a feasibility study which our administration recently estimated at a most recent Council meeting to be $70,000 and was finally reduced to $30,000. All of this despite the fact that Township officials aren’t sure how to monetize the installation of solar panels on the Leglar landfill site. Also there aren’t any structural issues considering the panels would sit on the ground and not be installed on a rooftop, so why expend any Taxpayer dollars for a study when most solar panel installers will provide the necessary study free of charge. This theory was confirmed via phone conference with a local solar panel installer Trinity solar.
Our administration openly admits that they don’t know whether to lease the land, which most utilities are reluctant to do, or give away the resale rights of electricity for a free installation etc. So what we are paying for?
The installers would be happy to provide a study for any combination as part of a competitive bid process free of charge,