To the Editor:
There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding solar farms. As a member of the CASC group opposing placement of a commercial solar farm near a residential area, I have gained quite an education about solar farms.
Community solar farms benefit the community in many ways and are more easily managed because they are much smaller. The 50 companies currently proposing solar farms in 64 counties in Illinois are commercial solar farms, which do not benefit the community. The landowner receives better rent money than if they farmed out the land. The corporate solar company sells the power to the big electric companies and in return makes big money.
Our research has been extensive and intensive. We know that in the past and in other states commercial solar farms are not installed near residential areas. All the possible concerns regarding groundwater, health issues, real estate values and more cannot be proven.
There is not any documentation to prove any of it because, again, they have not been installed in residential areas. So the question is, why should our neighborhood become the documentation to prove or disprove these issues? We ask you to visit our website at www.CASC2018.org to gain more information. We can, however, only address the factual information regarding the 2030 plan for development in our area and things we can prove.
If you want more information, the CASC group is hosting an informational open house at Johnsburg Community Club from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 21.
We want to clarify that we are not against renewable energy. We want McHenry County to make a logical plan for placement of commercial solar power that does not affect its residents and take away prime farmland from its intended use.
We encourage you to attend the Zoning Board hearing on April 25 at 1:30 p.m. in the Admin Building in Woodstock.
Bob and Donna Dobbertin