Hardin County Residents Fear Solar Farms Negatively Impacting Property Tax and Value | New

HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) – A meeting Thursday at the Hardin County Cooperative Extension Service enlightened residents on some large solar projects underway in the unincorporated town of Cecilia, and organizers believe the projects will do more harm only good.

Hardin County Citizens for Responsible Solar was organized in opposition to an ibV energy solar farm project around Cecilia and others that followed.

In a two-hour meeting held at 111 Opportunity Way off Ring Road in Elizabethtown, representatives highlighted their research and the impact of industrial solar farms.

First, the effect on property values ​​and taxes.

The first ongoing project is a quarter mile from the house of Trina Martin who attended the meeting.

“I can’t imagine it wouldn’t decrease property values ​​because people who live in rural America, that’s what they want,” said the local real estate agent who is concerned that his livelihoods and work are not threatened. “I don’t even want to make predictions because Cecilia is an area that attracts a lot of people,” she adds.

A map created by the group shows the size and location of five proposed solar projects, but during the meeting, organizers said there were a total of nine proposed solar projects, to date, between Cecilia and Stephensburg.

ibV Energy Partners has the first proposed project for the region.

“We are in the process of going through the authorization process for this,” said Robin Saiz, vice president of business development for ibV Energy Partners, regarding a solar power purchase agreement (PPA) that was approved in Hardin County Planning and Development Commission level.

A PPA agreement typically includes the design, licensing, and installation of a solar power system on a client’s property in the financial arrangement.

“It takes more research and awareness to get the information that we’re not going to decrease the value of your property and increase your taxes,” says Saiz. “In fact, we’re going to help with the tax situation because we’re bringing about $ 100 million in tax investments to the county.”

Daniel Feeser, chairman of the core group, lives across from a proposed solar site, and said the group is working to seek an 18-month moratorium on all solar projects in Hardin County.

A print and digital petition has been created to gain more support to ensure time for public education and clarity on industrial solar energy requirements in Hardin County.

Many other meeting participants, also residents of Cecilia, all agree that there is nothing wrong with solar panels, but would prefer to see them in places such as abandoned coal mines, industrial estates, the along highways and on rooftops – not next door.

“When you look at states like California that shut down nuclear power plants, and they set up solar fields, and they can’t meet their own electrical demand, then they borrow across the country. “

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