AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — At Wednesday night’s Augusta County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board tabled a decision on the special use permit request for the solar panel project for 30 days.
Quillen family land where proposed solar panels would go
The project was proposed to community members by Community Energy Solar, the company behind the project, in August of last year. Since then, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the project.
Max Quillen, who is part of the family who owns land panels would go on, said for him, it’s about property rights. He said he worries about the implication of potential decisions from the board.
“If you have land that’s designated something different than what it currently is, in the comprehensive plan, that you might not be able to do all the things you think you should be able to do,” Quillen said.
Stan Sikorski doesn’t support the panels. His property is next to land the panels would go on. He said there are too many unanswered questions about the panels.
“It’s what I would call unproven technology,” Sikorski said. “We are doing something that hasn’t been done really well before. We’re talking about… 35 years, we’re going to live with this decision.”
Quillen said he hopes the board approves the permit because it’s what landowners want.
“All the landowners involved are here voluntarily, we are not being eminent domained,” Quillen said. “And we really really hope supervisors will approve this project.”
Sikorski said he’s not necessarily against the idea of solar, but he said he wants to know why it has to go in this location.
“Are there not other alternative locations?,” Sikorski said. “Is this the only one? If it’s so, I beg to worry about the face they could not find anything else.”
In order for the project to move forward, the board must approve the permit.