Legislative alert: The attack on Solar farms continues

If this bill becomes law, you won't see any more renewable projects being built:

§ 143‑215.127. Setback and landscape buffer requirements.

(a) Setback requirements. – A wind or renewable energy facility shall be sited no nearer than one and one‑half miles from the property line of any adjacent parcels. The one and one‑half mile setback requirement shall not apply to adjacent parcels having common ownership with the facility or the parcel where the facility is situated.

(c) Landscape buffer requirements for solar farms. – A solar farm shall maintain a landscape buffer by installing native landscaping, including trees and shrubs, in a perimeter surrounding the solar farm and any equipment related to that solar farm. The landscape buffer shall provide the greatest degree of screening feasible and shall minimize visual contact with the solar farm for any adjacent parcels. For the purposes of this subsection, a "solar farm" means an array of multiple solar collectors that transmit solar energy and where the collection of solar energy is the primary land use for the parcel on which it is situated.

Bolding mine. It would need to be researched by active Solar farm developers in our state, but I doubt more than one or two projects to date would have met that 1 1/2 mile setback requirement. That alone is a lethal blow to the industry, which is obviously the goal of this bill. When they decided to amend the Statute that had previously dealt only with wind turbines, they tripled the setback distance from 1/2 mile to 1 1/2 miles. That's more than ten times the distance the state is requiring fracking wells to be setback from homes and surface water (creeks, lakes, rivers). Kill this bill, before it kills NC's Solar farm industry.

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Possibly, but I'm hoping not

Duke has been building/buying solar farms like crazy, and I'm thinking this stupid bill might cause them some problems, too.

Then again, they are slippery bastiges. If anybody can loophole this to their benefit, it would be Duke Energy.

Shhhh. I don't think Duke wants ppl to know!

I was at a Coal Ash meeting on Tuesday - Duke was there but the mtg was being led by environmental folks. In discussion, solar was mentioned and when I raised the issue of Duke building/buying LARGE solar farms the Duke spokesbot readily admitted it but quickly swept it under the diversified energy rug with the nuclear plants and wind and natural gas. Weird.

Thomas Mills with a personal connection

This really is a bad idea. Rural landowners are struggling enough without idiots like Brock stepping in.