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The New Milford Town Council has approved an agreement that moves plans forward for Ameresco Solar to install a development on Candlewood Mountain.  The Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement is for 20 megawatts of solar panels on 80 acres of land leased from Commercial Services Realty.  Ameresco will pay New Milford a total of $2.7 million over 20 years.  The location, about 600 feet up on Candlewood Mountain, has been criticized by a number of people.  It requires tree removal.  The project does require approval of the Connecticut Siting Council.  A local zoning change was made, which officials say reduces the scale of residential building--eliminating the possibility of a condo project.

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