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Solar garden idea floated in Barnstead


Planners also hear about possible animal rescue facility


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
July 08, 2014
BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead Planning Board held three conceptual consultations during its meeting on Thursday, July 13.

Andrew Keller came before the board to speak about his company New Hampshire Solar Garden, which was created only seven months ago. The idea is to build a solar garden in town and then sell the power back to New Hampshire Electric Co-op.

There was some discussion about state laws that regulate solar power and Keller was encouraged to look in the state RSAs before coming back to the board. He was asked how his company makes money and he explained that money is made by selling power back to the utility.

Keller said the equipment has a 25-year warranty. The cost savings would be one cent per killowat hour for members signing up to be part of the project. He was questioned if a site walk could be conducted and he said that wouldn't be a problem.

He said that New Hampshire is way behind Massachusetts in the area of solar energy. He was told a site walk can be scheduled once the town has an application on file.

Carol Goldie and Scott Sesen came before the board to discuss turning their house on 1080 North Barnstead Road into an animal rescue facility. Sesen explained that the shelter would be associated with Big Fluffy Dogs, a company that is based in Tennessee.

There was some concern from member Bruce Grey about the organization being located in Tennessee and where the dogs would be coming from.

Sesen talked about the facility and enclosed fencing and an air-conditioned area for the animals.

Any fees to care for the animals by people who adopt or foster a pet would be paid by Big Fluffy Dogs.

Chair Nancy Carr suggested getting an application in a timely manner to be put on the agenda for the August meeting.

Al Poulin and Bill Stuart came before the board to discuss Omni Camp. Stuart explained that the area of the camp has been fought over for many years and the dispute has almost been settled.

He explained the plan for a lot line adjustment and a land swap to finalize the agreement between the landowners. The members of the board found no problems with either the lot line adjustment or the land swap.

Again Carr encouraged them to file the application so that it could put on the agenda for the August meeting.

Carr said that an updated draft of the Master Plan should be coming forward in the coming weeks.

The board approved the minutes from the June 4 meeting.

It was announced that the Barnstead's third annual Open Farm Day would be held on Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, July 17, and is a planning board work session at 7 p.m. at the Barnstead Town Hall. But the board hasn't made a final decision on that meeting as of press time.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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