Town will revisit plan for solar farm

By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Town of Grafton Plan Commission on Wednesday, April 7, was scheduled to revisit a solar farm project at Zaun Field that was nixed last year.

In December, the commission denied a conditional-use permit request for a solar array project at Zaun Field, which is owned by the Grafton School District.

Supt. Jeff Nelson said We Energies approached the district about leasing the northern portion of the field to install ground-base solar panels, a project that would have given the district annual revenue of $30,000 for up to 30 years.

According to town documents, the commission is expected this week to table taking action because plans that were originally presented by SunVest Solar, a contractor for We Energies, are similar to the ones that are to be presented by the school district, which is the new applicant.

“At a time in which households are struggling with increasing costs, the opportunity to bring $30,000 a year in revenue to help educate our students without raising taxes is something we need to research further,” Nelson told Ozaukee Press.

The portion of the field in question is used for soccer and would have been reduced by 155,000 square feet if the plan was approved. The field is also used by the Grafton Gladiators youth football team. Nelson said there is more space available at the field to accommodate the youth sports programs.

Town Chairman Lester Bartel said the commission will revisit the conditional-use permit in May, and he expects revised plans to move the project forward.

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