Hartland School Board Approves New Location for Solar Panel Farm
Plans for a solar farm to be built on land behind the high school will be presented to the Hartland Township Board of Trustees for approval.
On Monday, the Hartland Consolidated Schools Board of Education approved a motion for a new site location of a proposed solar farm located on the campus of Hartland High School.
The new proposed site for the approximately two-acre installation would be located directly behind the high school building in a “lagoon” area, which was formerly used for the school’s sanitation system.
In November, the school board had originally approved a site location that would have put the solar farm on the corner of Hartland and Dunham Roads.
In an informal meeting with Hartland Township later that month however, concerns over the visibility factor with the original location spurred officials with Hartland Schools and DTE to seek an alternative location.
During Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Janet Sifferman explained that from communications between the schools and representatives from the township, they felt “confident” the new location would pose no issue.
“We addressed all their points they brought us,” Director of Transportation and Operations George Waldrup said. “We don’t expect any opposition.”
The lease agreement would give Hartland Schools $15,000 a year for the land use. The plan will now be presented to the Hartland Township Board of Trustees, and, if approved, DTE hopes to start construction on the last day of school for Hartland students in June.