Sumter NOT for Solar

Sumter NOT for Solar

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Sumter County Taxpayer started this petition to SUMTER COUNTY Sumter County GA City Council/Commissioners

We say NO to the massive 10,000 acre Solar farm and any Solar farm that takes up productive crop land in Sumter County GA. We are against this project. We will see no change in the electricity bill, we will see a reduction of farming and jobs related, a major change in the entire landscape, this area is or WAS zoned for agriculture. The people that purchased land, built houses, bought houses & made investments did so in an AGRICULTURAL AREA NOT INDUSTRIAL. Expect decrease in property value.The solar panels will not produce enough MWh to put a dent in demand BUT they will however take up 10 thousand gorgeous acres of irrigated cropland, abundant with wildlife. Most importantly the panel compound will assist the Southern Company to be in line with their govt driven green initiatives. A project this large will allow for GA Power to quickly check this off of their list and will fulfill 2/3 of the solar initiative that was designed to be spread across the entire state of Georgia (on fallow land). This will be the largest solar farm east of the Rockies. (why?) The reason why is: By doing it all in one location it will keep investment and project cost down for the interested parties, meet their quota of Mwh and leave us with a horrible eyesore that produces NOTHING good for our community. Also, it is well known in the business sector that Solar panels are not great technology and are constantly changing. Panels do not produce enough electricity to be a decent payback on your investment (UNLESS INCENTIVISED TO ACHIEVE "GREEN APPEARANCE-usually by the GOVERNMENT") The panels will be up for 30 years. Solar is not the future for large electricity production it is a current spontaneous decision with high risk and no value to the communities. Changing the culture of our area and stealing our children's sunsets. WHEN WILL IT EVER BE ENOUGH??? SAY NO!

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