Another source confirmed what we posted yesterday, that the Hickory Run gas powered electric plant supposedly shut down a portion of their electric they are generating. It was unclear why they did this though. This is now leaving room on the transmission line for the solar company. Since the transmission line is so close to Hickory Run power plant, industrial solar is trying to fill this gap with electric generated by solar. This is one of the reasons they claim they contacted nearby landowners. This will tie up these farmlands with a lease for the next 30 years by placing solar fields, substations and inverters on them. Then they will connect all these fields to get this electric back over to the gas powered electric plant’s transmission line.
Our source was, also, surprised to learn that this solar generated electric will not benefit our area. They felt the solar company was trying to offset this by waving fists full of dollars (through various programs) to the county, local, schools and community? It made them wonder why are they doing this? Is this from the goodness of their hearts or is it so they won’t notice that, as an individual, this solar electric will not help the locals pocketbook or their electric bill? They questioned how long will these programs last? 30 years or just until they get their permits and start construction?
This makes their blood boil! No cheap electric here, they said, but everyone will have to look and listen to solar, watch their property value drop and deal with the noise, potential flooding, etc. The list goes on and on.
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