Albemarle Planning Commission endorses solar farms

image Albemarle is one step closer to allowing the construction of solar farms after the county’s Planning Commission endorsed a zoning text amendment at its meeting Tuesday. “The applicant in this case hopes to develop a photovoltaic energy generation facility in Albemarle County,” said Scott Clark, a senior planner for the county. “However, no form of energy generation is a permitted use in the [rural areas] zoning district, so we would have to amend the ordinance to make it a permitted use before they could apply.” SolUnesco, a Reston-based renewable energy company, wants to build an 11-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy ...

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