Solar farms are low-impact land uses that can safely operate next to neighboring agricultural operations. Natural ground cover under and between the rows of panels allows the soil to rest and rebuild nutrients. Sheep can even be used for grounds maintenance on a solar site. At the end of the solar farm’s useful life, the pilings and equipment can be removed and the land returned to its original state.
Photovoltaic modules are designed to absorb as much of the sun's rays as possible. Many airports and Air Force bases across the U.S.--for whom a clear, unimpeded line of sight is crucial--have on-site solar installations utilizing similar equipment. Additionally, a glare study is required as part of the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) application process to identify and address any specific concerns.
EDF Renewables is required by our lease agreement with the project landowners to decommission the project. Engineering estimates for removal are provided and a surety put in place to ensure the cost to decommission the project is born by the project’s owner. Neither the county or the landowners will pay costs associated with restoring the land to its original state once the equipment is removed from the site.
Solar power plants provide many environmental benefits in the reduction of pollutants into the local atmosphere. These are in the form of (all per megawatt of installed capacity):
~2,500,000 pounds of atmospheric carbon annually eliminated.
The equivalent of ~129,000 gallons of gasoline eliminated.
The equivalent of ~150 passenger vehicles removed from our streets.
The equivalent of ~18,000 light bulbs eliminated per year.
Planting of pollinator friendly groundcover – creates new habitats for bees, birds, small mammals, and other wildlife.
Solar facilities provide long-term tax revenue to the local county, create numerous construction jobs, produce low-cost clean power, and provide a boost to economic development. The tax revenue greatly supports the local school system and other community needs while requiring little to no county services in return. In addition, the annual lease payments provides a stable, guaranteed revenue stream to support local landowners.