BENNINGTON >> A solar developer says it wants to clear and farm land that it owns while it continues to seek state permitting for two controversial projects on the parcels in question.

A subsidiary of Allco Renewable Energy Limited seeks to clear the proposed site of the Apple Hill and Chelsea solar projects for "horticulture crops," according to a motion to intervene filed with the state's Public Service Board this month.

The board has not ruled on the motion, according to Clerk Judith Whitney. Both the town and the Public Service Department seek more time to respond to the developer's request – motions that the developer has opposed in subsuquent filings.

Two subsidiaries of Allco filed for certificates of public good from the quasi-judicial entity that regulates energy projects in 2014. Apple Hill Solar and Chelsea Solar LLC both proposed 2 megawatt solar arrays on a 27.3 acre parcel near the Apple Hill Neighborhood and Route 279 interchange. The PSB denied Chelsea Hill's permit in February after finding the project "would unduly interfere with the orderly development of the region and would have an undue, adverse impact on aesthetics."