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Solar farm moratorium is on Commissioners' agenda

 

On Monday morning, the Shelby County Commissioners are due to consider a resolution to pull the plug on building new commercial solar power installations.

 

Placing a moratorium on construction of a new large-scale solar farms first came up at the County Plan Commission meeting on March 26.

 

At that meeting, commission member Kevin Carson suggested the ban following approval of the Ranger Power solar farm northeast of Shelbyville.

 

Carson noted that the facility will cover more than 1,700 acres, or about 3 square miles.

 

“I don't think we fathomed that, and I think, I'm aware that we've set, if we don't review it, we've set a precedent that Shelby County could be overrun by solar fields,” Carson said.

 

The Commissioners are due to meet at 8 a.m. Monday morning in the Court House Annex, 25 W. Polk St., on the second floor.

 

“Resolution on moratorium concerning commercial solar energy systems” is the first item on their agenda.

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