Lee County extends moratorium on wind, solar projects
- May 22, 2022 5:18 pm GMT
DIXON – The Lee County Board extended its moratorium on solar, wind and battery storage projects for another three months while a review to regulate such developments continues.
In December, the board approved a six-month hiatus on solar and wind projects to do a deeper dive into the regulations for those developments after several massive energy developments came before the county.
The county's renewable energy committee has been going over renewable energy ordinances and recently hired a consulting firm to help with the work. The county also has been conducting community surveys on renewable energy projects as well as underground pipeline developments.
The board unanimously voted on 90-day moratoriums for wind and battery energy storage systems, and the 90-day moratorium on solar was approved in a split vote of 15-3, with members
The solar moratorium makes an exception for smaller community solar projects that are less than 5 megawatts.
Humphrey said he was concerned that they would be allowing some solar projects despite the review on the regulations, and board Vice Chairman
The county made previous changes to its solar ordinance to address concerns from neighbors, including setbacks and visual buffers.
Before the original moratorium, the
The board approved a 1,300-acre solar farm in
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