Monday, 15 April 2019 20:55

July public hearing set for Cricket Solar project in Culpeper

Written by Allison Brophy Champion | Culpeper Star-Exponent
Map of Cricket Solar Project spanning 807 fenced acres Map of Cricket Solar Project spanning 807 fenced acres Cricket Solar, LLC

Further consideration of the latest proposal for a utility scale solar farm in Culpeper County was recently postponed to later this summer, when neighbors will be given an opportunity to speak on the record about it.

The second Culpeper County Planning Commission work session held last week with officials from Cricket Solar LLC ended early after commissioners said they felt unprepared to consider 160 pages of new material the developer had provided the night before.

“They quickly ended up determining that they need more time to digest the applicant material, which included responses to their previous questions and concerns and that the applicant needed more time to try and answer their previously stated concerns,” said Culpeper County Planning Director Sam McLearen. He said county staff also needed more time to consider the material. 

Cricket Solar and the planning commission agreed to delay further consideration of the application for a conditional use permit until July 10, when a public hearing will be held.

Slated for construction on 807 fenced areas of mostly farmland along various parcels of rurally located Alonquin Trail, the project would involve erecting 271,656 solar modules to create 80 megawatts of power. The modules will stand around seven feet tall.

The developers of the project are BayWa renewable energy, based in California with a parent company located in Germany, and Geenex Solar, based in Charlotte, N.C.

Read complete article at Culpeper Star-Exponent

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