On-site solar power has been dropped as an option to power a proposed water treatment plant in the US state of Massachusetts, according to local media.

Instead, the plant’s developers in the town of Concord (pictured) aim to install a combined heat and power (CHP) system, local paper the Concord Journal reported this week.

At issue was a lack of clear space around the plant to place ground-mounted solar panels, with trees potentially needing to be cleared. This concern was raised in the course of carrying out an environmental impact assessment.

The gas-fired CHP plant would be connected to an existing gas line and this plan has reportedly already received favourable responses from town officials.

Richard Reine, director of Concord Public Works, told the Concord Journal that CHP was ‘not our first choice’ and that if the new plan is not accepted by the town’s Board, the solar option ‘is not off the table’.

He added that the town had also looked into geothermal and wind power options for the proposed plant.  

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