Zebulon resident opposes new solar farm
One non-resident family and Cypress business concern is quietly trying to put a Solar Farm, encompassing 55 acres, at the South end of town.
Five of these acres, within the town limits, are surrounded by apartments and homeowners in an established Zebulon neighborhood. The neighborhood consists of a diversified group of Americans: black, white, Hispanic, in what is considered a low- to middle-class area. Only because my property touches the land in question were my husband and I informed.
All the other residents (at least 100 or more), including my next door neighbor, received no information on the meetings and the process. My husband and I researched this serious issue throughly.
We found no successful residential solar farms anywhere in the country per Internet search engines. Cypress says, “There will only be a hum from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. when the sun is out!” That was the most positive part of the deal. Then Cypress added, “The industrial fence, barbed wire and danger signs have to be done because that is the law.” Does this not show how wrong it is for any neighborhood?
The North Carolina Senate right now is trying to have solar farms at least 1.5 miles from resident homes. Commissioners, sorry but it is on you. If you pass the solar farm through on those five acres, children will be only feet from the potential health risks. Our state of North Carolina is working toward not allowing solar farms this close to residents. Only one non-resident family and out of town business profits. All homeowners south of downtown will lose value in their properties. Downtown will lack home developers south of town, that would bring people. Zebulon and all of its residents get one big headache that will not go away for at least the 20 year lease – if passed.
Please commissioners vote the solar farm down for the sake of our town. Take an honorable pause and let our legislature figure this out. There is no obvious reason to suddenly pass this questionable plan.
I can see it now in the national media: Southern Town plops a Solar Farm in Melting Pot Neighborhood without informing Neighbors. Yes, people are tired of non-transparent politics.