This petition exists to voice opposition to a proposed ground-mounted, industrial scale solar power plant at the Kirby Farm on Country Club and Meadow Road in Bedminster Township, NJ.
The proposed industrial development is enormous: A 55 acre, 49,000 panel solar project that will irreparably harm the area's natural resources and destroy the community's rural character in order to supply electricity to a single-user, the Sanofi-Aventis complex located in Bridgewater Township.
The project proposes 8 foot high solar arrays, access roads, concrete pads and multiple 10 and 20-ton Inverter Power Stations surrounded by a 7 foot high chain link fence.
The 100+ acre farmland is bordered by wooded areas, meadows, freshwater wetlands, streams, protected species and residences. An underlying premise driving the Bedminster Master Plan is to prevent exploitation of our arable farmland and pastoral landscape. A key tool used in this goal is the denial of construction of infrastructure which would support such exploitation.
For health, safety, environmental, economic, aesthetic, and other reasons, we vigorously oppose the construction of an industrial scale solar power plant at the Kirby Farm in Bedminster Township.