An ordinance amendment that would allow for the development of a solar farm on a 41-acre site in Alden Township will be the subject of a public hearing Thursday before the McHenry County Zoning Board of Appeals.
Nexamp, a Boston-based solar energy company, made the request for the farm, which would be about a quarter-mile northeast of Route 173 and Righeimer Road in Alden Township, northeast of the city of Harvard.
The petitioner also is requesting a variation from the screening requirement of a solid fence or wall along the interior side and rear lot lines. The project requests an open fence along these lines.
The hearing will be at 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room C of the McHenry County Government Center, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock.
Alden Township is not the only area in McHenry County where solar farms recently have been proposed.
During Union’s last Village Board meeting, trustees discussed a proposal from Atlanta-based SolAmerica Energy to set up a community solar garden on an estimated 65-acre parcel south of O’Cock Road.
According to village documents, the construction timeline for the project would be less than 16 weeks from start to finish.
Before its groundbreaking, SolAmerica would implement a bond or similar financial mechanism for the estimated amount required to decommission the entire project were it to be abandoned before the proposed life of the site, village documents said.
Once the site has completed its contract life, all materials will be removed.