WESTBOROUGH, Mass.- Selectmen Tuesday granted the final local approval required for a 2.4-megawatt, 15-acre solar power generation facility at Harvey's Farm.
Without additional discussion, the board voted unanimously to approve a site plan review for the project, clearing the way for construction to begin. The approval was slated to come at the board's last meeting, but was delayed for procedural reasons.
The vote came after nearly a year of sometimes-contentious local review.
"Alleluia," Chairperson Leigh Emery said after the vote was cast.
The Zoning Board of Appeals granting a use variance in October, paving the way for the solar project to be built on land zoned residential.
Plans call for as many as 13,000 solar panels to be ground-mounted on 15 acres of land within the 42-acre Harvey Farm off Maple St.
Once the solar field is operational, the town will be the major customer of the electricity it produces. Officials have said a long-term power-purchasing agreement between the town and Harvey will save Westborough $1.9 million over 20 years.