Eric Bibler sure likes to bash those supporting solar array development. He probably made his fortunes on fossil fuel stocks. He can afford to have two homes, one for work and one for his peaceful retreats. Perhaps we lifelong resident taxpayers of Hopkinton have to be even louder than he has been. So those “silent majority” residents, now is the time to be heard.
In defense of tax relief, these solar installations do not come off the tax rolls as do the vast thousands of acres eaten up by those entities whose goal is to do exactly such in the name of maintaining open space. The Hopkinton Land Trust grades potential sites based on their development potential. Thus a site that could have, say, 140 homes would be rather valuable to them to put away. And when I say put away, I mean it comes off of the tax rolls, never to contribute financially again, FOREVER. Solar farms contribute financially for 25 to 30 years AND prevent the houses (school kids) from coming to Hopkinton for 25 to 30 years.
It’s this scenario that Bibler needs to understand. He likes to conveniently use data to support his cause without understanding the larger picture. I liken solar panels to new farming. Instead of cows making milk, it’s solar panels making green energy. Its just farm land being rented for 30 years. After 30 years it can be a farm again if you wish, or a neighborhood if you wish.