Big crowd turns out to debate proposed Spotsylvania solar facility

This article discusses the resistance  to a solar facility in Spotsylvania County, VA. It will be the 5th largest solar project in the country, and is facing a lot of local resistance.

The turnout of about 300 people for the public hearing at the Holbert Building was the most for a Planning Commission meeting in at least the past 15 years, said county spokeswoman Michelle McGinnis.

The room couldn’t hold all the attendees. Some had to watch the hearing on televisions in the lobby and others from the nearby Marshall Center, where the remaining meetings on the proposal are scheduled to be held.

The Planning Commission listened to nearly five hours of residents’ comments and testimony from county staff and the applicant regarding the first of three special-use permits for the proposal.

Their key issues include toxic materials inside the solar panels; water usage; buffers from the facilities; property value decreases; and the risk of what happens if the project fails and the site is abandoned.

Activists opposed to this project created this webpage.


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