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Solar Farm Project - State Corporation Commission Public Hearing Set for May 9th

On May 9th at the Holbert Building the State Corporation Commission will hold two public hearings: at 2pm and 7pm on the proposed Solar Facility in western Spotsylvania. Another public hearing will be held in Richmond on May 23rd at 10 am. These public hearings will provide county residents with the opportunity to voice their opinions on the 500 mega-watt project.

Click here to review a previous post with additional information on this project.

In addition to the State Corporation Commission public hearings, the project requires a Special Use Permit, which is deliberated on at the local level. This means that the Spotsylvania Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors will review the application for the Solar Project and allow for public comment during those public hearings. The Board of Supervisors hold approval authority over the Special Use Permit.

A noticeable number of residents have spoken publicly against the project already at Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors meetings. Most of them reside in the vicinity of the project location. One of the primary issues seems to be concerns over water consumption to clean the solar panel and subsequent drainage and run off issues.

  • Click here to review Scott Shenk’s recent Free Lance-Star article for more information.
  • Click here to make online comments on this project PUR-2017-00162 if you are unable to attend the SCC public hearings. The deadline for public comments online is May 16th.
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