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Judge Temporarily Blocks Solar Farm Construction

Some say the proposed 60-acre, 9.5-megawatt solar array will be an eyesore and hurt property values.

Fri June 12, 2015 - Northeast Edition
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SHOREHAM, N.Y. (AP) - A New York judge has temporarily blocked construction of a solar farm in Long Island despite the developer’s claims that delays were costing $15,000 a day in lost profits.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/1I0DY2V ) state Supreme Court Justice Andrew Tarantino Jr. issued a six-day restraining order Tuesday blocking construction until a court appearance next week.

Shoreham residents have filed suit against sPower, alleging that proper environmental reviews weren’t conducted. Some say the proposed 60-acre, 9.5-megawatt solar array will be an eyesore and hurt property values.

Construction was originally planned to start last fall. The town of Brookhaven issued a building permit for construction last month.

The company’s director of development, Christian Wiedemann, said in an affidavit the company has already spent $7.3 million on the project. Its attorney declined to comment.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com