Charlotte Knights owner gets OK for solar farm

Don Beaver
Don Beaver

The owner of the Charlotte Knights received approval from the Catawba County Board of Commissioners this week to develop a 54-acre solar farm near Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover.

Owner Don Beaver’s RB Solar LLC will develop the farm on North Oxford Street near Rock Barn Road.

While the Catawba County Planning Board voted against the plan in July, county planning staff recommended approval. Staff said the project met the standards of the county’s development ordinance and was a permitted use in its zoning district.

RB Solar officials said the solar farm will create full-time jobs, power 695 homes, be largely hidden and reflect no significant glare onto nearby properties and roads. Noise is no issue with such projects, they added.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak