Nearly 80 rural governments banned or restricted solar projects last year.
From our personal experience contracts offered to land owners are dreadful. We were approached by a wind company that wanted to install turbines on our farmland. Little money up front, even less to follow. No damages. Land tied up for 20 years...but for some reason the owners of this nonsense would have free rights to hunt on our land. We sent the contract back covered in red ink with “no” and “hell no” in the margins. Never heard back😂
We’ve been negotiating oil and gas contracts for decades. Insulting they thought were that stupid.
NPR’s hit piece on rural Americans was one thing. Last year the LA Times ran a four part column smearing rural Californians as well.
Cattaraugus County NY has a moratorium on industrial solar: solar will get no local subsidies, can only be constructed in brown fields, will be audited for viability because:"solar/wind does not accomplish main Industrial Development Agency criteria - "create and retain local jobs. There is no economic return". There is substantial environmental destruction.
to protect rural communities from industrial solar -Use the option in solar special permits to "require proof that no PFAS is contained in components. See SUP for Town of Chautauqua NY