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Bull Valley solar farm public hearing postponed

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.

SolAmerica Energy Inc. asked the Bull Valley Planning and Zoning Commission for a continuance of a hearing to present a petition on a proposed solar farm.

The company – which has offices in Chicago, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. – asked the commission for a continuance of the hearing originally scheduled for Monday evening at the McHenry County Farm Bureau, 1102 McConnell Road, Woodstock.

Village officials have not set a date for the next hearing, according to a public notice announcing the continuance.

Although the hearing has been postponed, the Planning and Zoning Commission will consider two proposed ordinances. The first ordinance, if adopted, would permit and regulate solar panels for private use by residents. The second ordinance would create a special use for regulated community solar farms. 

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.

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

The McHenry County Board has approved two solar farm proposals from Borrego Solar Systems Inc. – one on a 30-acre property at 24704 W. Grant Highway between Marengo and Garden Prairie in Marengo Township, and the other on a 27-acre plot of vacant land on the east side of Route 14, just north of Oak Grove Road in Chemung Township.

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