Neighbors of a site under consideration as the home of a new solar farm have stopped short of opposing the plan, but they do have questions about it. The developers of the site scheduled a neighborhood meeting to talk about their plans – not a town mandated public hearing mind you, just an informal gathering.
Both sides have done the right thing. Neighbors have not had a knee-jerk, not-in-my-back-yard reaction. Developers are trying to answer questions early in their process. In fact, the developers of the solar farm have not even brought their plans to the town for approval at this point.
This kind of back and forth conversation goes a long way toward resolving differences in a friendly, genial manner, which is always much better than having a blowout at a public meeting in which everyone walks in the door with hurt feelings and almost no one walks out the door happy.
Who knows, at this point, if the developers will ever put a solar farm on the site between South Arendell Avenue and South Wakefield Street? Solar power is a preferable alternative to coal and its availability is in infinitely greater supply. We would do well to embrace it and look for ways to make the generation of solar power as safe as possible. Whether this site is the best place for such an operation is uncertain. But at least everyone’s talking. That’s the way it should be.