EUREKA - Despite various protests, Atlanta, Ga.-based SolAmerica was recently granted a special use permit toward the construction of a solar farm on the southwest side of town.
During action in Woodford County Court on Jan. 23, Judge Charles Feeney granted in full Sol America Energy LLC’s motion for summary judgment.
“Woodford County’s denial of the subject special use permit was arbitrary, unreasonable, bears no substantial relation to the public health, safety and welfare and violated Sol America Energy, LLC’s rights to both substantive and procedural due process,” the judgment read. "Sol America Energy, LLC is granted a special use permit to operate a solar energy system on the subject project…pursuant to Sol America Energy LLC’s application and consistent with Woodford County Ordinance without any further action by the county. If SolAmerica Energy, LLC requires further documentation of the granting of the special use permit from the County or County offices, the County Board shall provide the necessary documentation.”
Action on the permit spanned months of debate throughout several meetings of the county board and the zoning board of appeals from April to November 2018.
See article on March 7 Woodford County Journal newsstands