Augusta County Leaders Learn More Details on Proposed Solar Farm
AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Augusta County leaders will set a precedent when they decide the fate of the county's first proposed solar farm.
In Verona on Wednesday, March 20, the board of supervisors learned additional details about a plan to put 1,000 acres of solar panels on 22 properties in Stuarts Draft and Lyndhurst.
A lot of the land is designated urban service area, with considerable investment in infrastructure.
Gerald Garber, the supervisors’ chairman, says they warned the developers early on that certain areas were problematic.
“This is not about solar,” Garber said. “It really isn't. This is a land-use issue. It's not about solar. There's pieces over there that obviously would work very well. There's pieces in my mind that are like - are you kidding me? So we have to see it as a package, but it's not about solar at all."
Garber says the board needs to get the rules right and whatever the outcome is, he expects significant changes to the county's comprehensive plan.
Tom Anderson with Community Energy Solar confirmed the board told him certain things were problematic. In response, he talked with landowners, who in turn, removed more than 80 acres to accomodate those concerns.