A three-year moratorium to block the construction of solar farms in Madison County has now expired and at least three energy companies have expressed interest in building solar projects. The Herald Bulletin reports as the sun set on the county ordinance, companies can now submit applications under previous rules.
The publication says a new more restrictive solar ordinance has been presented to the Madison County Plan Commission, which meets Tuesday morning.
The revised ordinance includes a property value guarantee for surrounding landowners and limits the placement of a solar park to no more than 20% of the county’s prime agricultural land.
Brad Newman, director of the Madison County Planning Department, said last week that three companies are interested in developing commercial solar parks in the county. Those sites include areas outside of Lapel and Markleville and Lafayette Township.
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