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9/16/22  9:27 pm
Commenter: Susan Ralston, Citizens for Responsible Solar

Utility-scale solar does not belong on industrial-zoned land

Citizens for Responsible Solar ( advocates for responsible solar policies that restrict utility-scale solar to existing industrial-zoned land, marginal or contaminated land (brownfields), along highways and sound barriers, and on commercial or residential rooftops.  Utility-scale solar does NOT belong on agricultural land.  Destroying farmland and timberland is NOT "green."

Since its creation in 2019, CfRS has heard from and supported more than 20 grassroots citizen groups in rural communities in Virginia (and hundreds more from around the country) who have been inundated by solar developers who want to destroy agricultural land. 

Rural communities are less equipped with resources and experience to oppose national developers and utilities.  The process favors the developers and rural citizens are often helpless to see their communities altered by power plants within 50 ft of their homes. 

The problems from mass grading, storm water erosion, sediment contamination of waterways is well documented in Spotsylvania, Essex, Louisa, Mecklenburg, Buckingham, Campbell counties and more.

Any policies that can be enacted to slow down the rapid rate of ag land destruction need to be implemented and VA rural communities who are disproportionately impacted need protection.  Once the land is gone, it is gone forever.

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