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

HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) – A meeting has taken place Thursday at Hardin County Cooperative Extension Service, 111 Opportunity Way off Ring Road in Elizabethtown enlightened residents of some large solar projects taking place in the unincorporated town of Cecilia, where organizers believe they will do more harm than good.

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

During a 2-hour meeting, representatives highlighted their research and the impact of industrial solar farms.

One being 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 at the level. of the Hardin County Planning and Development Commission.

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 paper and digital A petition has been created to get more support for public education free time and to clarify industrial solar energy requirements in Hardin County.

Many others in the room were also residents of Cecilia, and all agree that they have no problem with solar panels but would rather see them in places such as abandoned coal mines, industrial estates, along highways and rooftops – not next door.

“When you look at states like California that shut down nuclear plants and put up solar fields and can’t meet their own electricity demand, so they’re borrowing across the country. “

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