First, we need to understand why there is so much activity here and surrounding areas, to put in industrial solar farms.
Pennsylvania has put into law that a certain percentage of PA power must come from an alternative renewable energy. They are currently working to form a "PA Local Solar" program. This allows electric utility companies to purchase solar generated power and turn around and offer individuals the ability to subscribe to solar power. (have you seen any ads in the mail offering you the ability to now purchase electricity that is powered by solar?) This bill was passed in the House and is currently being considered by the Senate committee. Source Thanks to another law passed, PA utilities must now purchase SRECs (Solar Renewable Energy Credits) from only those within PA . Source And they are working on more ambitious goals for the future, so this is not going away.
Now you may say, what does that have to do with us, since we really are not suited for solar (cloudy, and prime farmland). Why are they here? One of my sources stated that the solar company told them that Hickory Run energy (Edinburg Rd.) has space on their transmission line and we are the best suited area to put the solar panels on our good farmlands to get it there.
Another source stated they will be using tracking solar panels (more on that later, also). Look up tracking solar panels. They are the most expensive way to go and they advise not to go that route, but this source said the solar company said this is what they have to use in our area to try to be more efficient. I thought the website stated they did research and we are a prime location...for what, solar or just to fill a space in a transmission line?
We, as a community, need to unite and show solar they are not wanted here. We need your help! Right now, the best way you can support us is to comment on our posts and continue to like and share our posts with family and friends. For now, our community needs to be kept updated of what is going on so when the time comes, we can unite together to stop industrial scale solar.