A planning commission in Maine has approved the construction of a solar farm and a new large lodge at the Saddleback Mountain ski resort, which reopened in December.

The state Land Use Planning Commission approved zoning changes on Wednesday to allow the ski resort to build a new lodge and a 30-acre solar farm that will provide lower cost energy to the resort, the Sun Journal reported.

The solar farm is in the northwest corner of the resort's property near a Central Maine Power transmission line and 3 miles from the Appalachian Trail, the newspaper reported. It will be visible to hikers, and the commission received more than two dozen comments about the proposed construction.

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club opposed the location of the solar array, but most comments were supportive, the newspaper reported.

The commission instructed the resort to develop a habitat management plan for the Bicknell’s thrush, a bird species that could be impacted by the construction.

The mountain reopened in December after a five-year hiatus with an overhauled lodge, a new chairlift and changes aimed at keeping skiers safe in a pandemic. The ski mountain overlooks Rangeley Lake, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) from Portland.