EUREKA - The Woodford County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved a special use permit on July 24 for SolAmerica Energy to build a solar farm on unincorporated land on the southwest side of town near Marshall Road. SolAmerica Energy is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.
The vote was by a four to one count despite concerns from residents near the proposed site on such issues as health and safety effects, water runoff that would exacerbate an ongoing problem, a decline in property values, noise, solar glare and the effect on wildlife near the lake.
In its packet for the ZBA, Sol America responded directly to each one of the criteria and provided information directed toward the affirmative. The ZBA agreed and found in the affirmative for each one of the criteria and the project overall.
The recommendation will now go for a possible vote at the Woodford County Board meeting scheduled for Aug. 21. If approved, the solar farm would cover just over a third or 18 of a 51-acre parcel zoned agriculture. An estimated price tag is in the neighborhood $2 million with construction expected to start sometime in 2019.
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