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Solar farm hearing continues tonight in Lincoln

LINCOLNTON A proposed 36-acre solar farm will be the subject of conversation Monday night, for the second straight week, at the Lincoln County Planning Board public hearing.

The board met for more than six hours last Monday to discuss the proposal from Chapel Hill-based Strata Solar LLC to build the facility on Webbs Road, off Burton Lane near Denver.

The solar farm is opposed by a number of residents from the nearby Sailview community.

Monday night’s hearing begins at 6:30 p.m.

During last Monday’s hearing, a number of residents from Sailview and other communities urged the planning board to give the proposal an unfavorable recommendation.

Strata Solar has asked for a conditional use permit to built 26,000 solar panels, up to 8 feet tall.

The company says its farm won’t produce emissions and doesn’t contain hazardous materials. Strata Solar says the solar farm fits in a residential community.

Opponents say the farm would be surrounded by a chain-link fence and barbed wire that would be unsightly. Real estate broker Nadine Deason says she believes the facility would cut real estate prices by 20 percent.

Monday night’s meeting is at the James W. Warren Citizens Center, 115 West Main Street, Lincolnton.

The planning board is expected to make a recommendation on the proposal tonight. Lincoln County commissioners could vote on the proposal when they meet next Monday.

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