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Golf Course Transforms into Solar Farm in Connecticut

Updated October 24, 2023

CT Solar Golf CourseENFIELD, CT – In a remarkable transition, a once-beloved golf driving range in the Hazardville section of Enfield is undergoing a profound transformation into a nearly 20-acre solar farm, symbolizing the power of sustainable change and adaptability.

For nearly three decades, the Pleasant View Golf Park, nestled at 110 North Street since its inception in 1993, served as a sanctuary for golf enthusiasts and a cherished community fixture. However, this picturesque landscape witnessed a change in ownership as the property, encompassing over 34 acres, was acquired by the Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Archdiocese of Hartford (CCA) in 2009 for $950,000, as confirmed by Enfield property records.

On April 25, 2022, the CCA took a significant step forward by filing Petition No. 1508 with the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC), seeking a declaratory ruling that a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need was not a requisite for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a 4.0 megawatt alternating current ground-mounted solar photovoltaic facility on the premises.

This transition was met with mixed sentiments. While some embraced the dawn of sustainable energy, others expressed concerns about losing the town's only golf practice facility. It's important to recognize that change, especially when it aligns with sustainability goals, can often lead to a broader positive impact. Here's what's happening and what the future holds:

In their petition, the CCA made a compelling case, stating that

"No state or local designated scenic roads or scenic areas are located near the site, and therefore none will be physically or visually impacted by the development of the project."

The application also emphasized,

"The nearest public open space is the Scantic River State Park, approximately 0.56 miles south of the facility."

While the petition may not explicitly mention "recreational values," the transformation will significantly contribute to regional sustainability efforts.

It's worth acknowledging the community's attachment to the Pleasant View Golf Park, a place that held a special spot in many hearts. Change often comes with complexities, and this transition has prompted discussions about preserving recreational opportunities. The concerns expressed are understandable, and the community is encouraged to appreciate the profound commitment to sustainability that this transformation represents.

The development of the 4.0-megawatt solar facility embodies a collective effort to address pressing environmental challenges, reduce carbon emissions, and contribute to a cleaner, healthier planet. This transformation sets a meaningful example for the broader community and demonstrates how embracing sustainable solutions can lead to a brighter future for everyone.

As the journey toward sustainability, begins, golfers and the community are encouraged as a whole to recognize the positive influence this transition will have on our shared environment. It's an opportunity to embrace innovation, explore new horizons, hobbies, and be a part of a transformative journey toward a greener, more sustainable future.

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