VASSALBORO: Solar power, marijuana top planners’ agenda

by Mary Grow

The Vassalboro Planning Board has a medical marijuana application and a solar power application on its May 4 agenda.

Mathew Williams and Renee Zohar Fischman have applied to re-open a former marijuana growing facility at 1776 North Belfast Avenue (Route 3). The previous business had a planning board permit, which cannot be transferred to new owners without the board’s approval.

Sebago Technics has applied to build a 4.29-megawatt solar array on a 29.9-acre parcel on the west side of Cemetery Street, not far north of the Matthews Avenue intersection. Cemetery Street parallels Outlet Stream from Gray Road north to Oak Grove Road, in North Vassalboro.

At the January planning board meeting, Michael Redding, of New England Solar Garden Corporation, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Owens McCullough, of Sebago Technics, of South Portland, made an introductory presentation.

Sebago Technics is a civil engineering and land development consultant firm that works with developers like Solar Garden. Solar Garden specializes in community solar development.

The May 4 virtual meeting begins at 7 p.m. Information on viewing it should be available under the online public meetings heading at


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