Waterville solar farm fined $125K over wetlands impacts
Maine's Board of Environmental Protection on Thursday approved a fine against a solar power developer for impacts to wetlands in Waterville.
According to a consent agreement, solar developer NextGrid Inc. did not adequately limit erosion from the site. It also disturbed lands close to a stream, and made unpermitted alterations to wetlands.
By the terms of the agreement, NextGrid will pay a penalty of $125,000. It is also required to restore the unpermitted wetlands alterations, or have them permitted.
The 17-acre, 4.6 megawatt facility is a community solar project, supplying electricity to subscribers.