STOP Industrial Solar!

STOP Industrial Solar!

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CONNIE GOFF started this petition to Hardin County Fiscal Court

On June 15, 2021, the Hardin County Planning and Zoning Commission voted to deny a conditional use permit to the Rhudes Creek Solar LLC and ibV Energy Partners LLC.  This company applied for the permit to build an industrial solar farm on 1,072 acres of prime farmland in the Cecilia, KY area.

A lawsuit is now ongoing as Rhudes Creek Solar/ibV attempts to have that decision reversed.

Additionally, there are NOW numerous other solar companies leasing land throughout Hardin County with a plan to build industrial solar facilities.  

We believe industrial solar farms should NOT be built in our area for the following reasons: 

1. Prime farmland should not be taken out of production for this purpose.

2. The beauty of Hardin County would be irreversibly damaged.

3. Property values would greatly diminish.

4. Agribusiness would suffer from lost patronage from these farmers.

5. Drinking water and underground streams would be affected by the erosion and runoff of possible cancer-causing agents.

6. Wildlife habitat would be affected by the fencing barriers, heat, and noise from these facilities.

7. Taxpayers could be burdened heavily in the event something does not go as planned in operations.

8. There would be very little positive impact to our county. Tax revenue would amount to only about $67,000 per year from this project.

We, the citizens of Hardin County, want a moratorium(18-month minimum, HALT) on all solar developments so that we may further evaluate the full scope of possible impacts. 

We, the citizens of Hardin County, want the creation of a planning committee that implements a solar ordinance to protect our environment, rural landscape, property values, agribusiness, wildlife habitat, and the financial/physical/psychological health of Hardin County citizens.

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