Enormous Butte, Montana solar project denied permit

17 July 2021

Some saw a greener future and economic perks, and some saw a massive eyesore blighting the rural landscape in Butte residents’ backyards.

The Butte-Silver Bow Zoning Board on Thursday made the decisive call, voting down a special use permit to build a gigantic 1,600-acre solar array in south Butte 5-0.

In their justification, Zoning Board members cited the pure size of the array, saying it would undeniably change the landscape of those who live in the Little Basin Creek area. They said the public’s strong opposition carried weight.


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