By 4-3 margins Tuesday night, the Gloucester Board of Supervisors gave its approval to a siting agreement and conditional use permit for a 19-megawatt battery storage facility.
The vote was cast following a pair of public hearings held in the colonial courthouse. The storage facility is set to be constructed in an industrial zone on Nursery Lane.
Under the siting plan, Strata Solar would pay the county $330,000. Strata’s representing attorney Gregg Davis of Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., said that Strata came to that number quickly and was more than they would offer to have paid for similar projects. He said this was in hopes of avoiding any lowballing or negotiations.
The state allows localities to tax these facilities or the county can enter into a revenue sharing plan with Strata. However, Davis said if the county decides to levy the tax but then sees that a revenue sharing plan would be more profitable, Strata has agreed to pay the county the higher amount.
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