EUREKA - The Woodford County zoning board recently approved a special use permit for a solar farm project outside of Spring Bay on Aug. 21. The petition from Spring Bay Road Solar LLC, a property of Borrego Solar Systems of Chicago, was approved with little fanfare.
Under the proposal, the solar farm would use 19.5 out of 53.34 acres of vacant land along Illinois Route 26, south of Versa Press and across the street from the Peoria Trap and Skeet Club. The land is zoned single family residential, but most of the developed properties in the area is industrial. The remaining acreage not used for the solar farm at the site will be used by the property owner, likely for farmland.
Borrego has been in the solar farm business since 1980 and began with bringing solar energy to individual homes. They have since moved to creating solar farms and have properties in Massachusetts, New York and California. According to spokesperson Derek Bus, the project will bring 20 to 30 temporary construction jobs to the area and will result in approximately $235,000 in real estate tax revenue over 25 years to area taxing bodies.
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