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Bull Valley solar farm public hearing set Monday

SolAmerica Energy proposing development

Solar panels are seen March 28 in McHenry. SolAmerica Energy Inc. wants to operate a solar energy facility on about 20 acres of a 120-acre plot of agricultural land at the southwest corner of North Valley Hill and North Ridge roads in Bull Valley.
Solar panels are seen March 28 in McHenry. SolAmerica Energy Inc. wants to operate a solar energy facility on about 20 acres of a 120-acre plot of agricultural land at the southwest corner of North Valley Hill and North Ridge roads in Bull Valley.

Residents will be able to voice their opinions during a meeting Monday on a proposed solar farm.

SolAmerica Energy Inc., which has offices in Chicago, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Washington, D.C., wants to put up solar panels on a property at 1015 Ridge Road in Bull Valley.

SolAmerica wants to operate the solar energy facility on about 20 acres of a 120-acre plot of agricultural land at the southwest corner of North Valley Hill and North Ridge roads, according to a public notice on the matter.

The village’s zoning board will hear the matter at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the McHenry County Farm Bureau,
1102 McConnell Road, Woodstock.

SolAmerica’s proposal is one of many that have come before the county and different municipalities in the past year.

Interest in solar farm developments has taken off in the area in part because of the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act. The law, adopted in 2016, aims for utility companies to provide at least
25 percent of their energy in renewable sources, such as wind and solar energy.

At its July 17 meeting, the McHenry County Board approved two solar farm proposals from Borrego Solar Systems Inc.

Borrego plans to put a solar farm on a 30-acre property at 24704 W. Grant Highway between Marengo and Garden Prairie in Marengo Township. The company also has plans for a Chemung Township development.

The Chemung Township solar farm is planned for a 27-acre plot of vacant land on the east side of Route 14, just north of Oak Grove Road.

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