VERONA – The wait for a decision on a major solar facility continues in Augusta County.
The Augusta County Board of Supervisors won’t vote on the Augusta Solar LLC facility proposal at its Wednesday meeting. It’s not on the agenda, but likely will be on April 10, according to Augusta County Administrator Tim Fitzgerald.
The chance of the board voting on the project Wednesday was slim.
A slot was available to schedule the vote but Augusta County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald Garber told the board at its special work session March 20 that if they needed more time to review the solar materials, the vote could be scheduled at a later date.
The project would host a 125 megawatt-AC solar energy facility placed throughout 2,600 acres in Lyndhurst and Stuarts Draft with the panels taking up a maximum of 1,000 of those acres.
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“It felt like it was too quick for it to come back on the agenda,” said Fitzgerald.
The board received more materials from Community Energy, the parent company of Augusta Solar LLC, at the special work session. The company provided a memo with responses to concerns brought up at the public hearing, detailed buffer maps and two property value assessment studies.
Many concerns were addressed in the company’s public hearing comment response memo. It detailed studies on how it believes the project won’t impact property values, addressed toxicity concerns, setbacks and buffering, erosion control and more.
The full memo is available online to read.
Augusta County Planner Leslie Tate also addressed the public’s questions from the February public hearing where about 68 residents gave their opinions on the solar project.
Tate’s presentation is also available online.
The conversation continues to revolve around land use, Fitzgerald said. County staff and the board of supervisors will continue to discuss their plans for predicted residential and industrial growth in the areas landowners want to devote to the solar project.
Read how the company and the county addressed community solar questions:
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