Solar Farm on Lake Norman Nixed

Lincoln County commissioners on Monday night voted against a planned 36-acre solar farm on Webbs Road at Lake Norman.

By Joe Marusak

 
 

LINCOLNTON Lincoln County commissioners on Monday night voted against a planned 36-acre solar farm on Webbs Road at Lake Norman.

“My opinion is it will not be in harmony because it abuts right up to Sailview,” commissioners’ Chairman Alex Patton said of the higher-end subdivision whose residents would have seen the farm’s 26,000 solar panels from their second floors.

A crowd of about 200 opponents erupted in cheers at the James W. Warren Citizens Center after commissioners voted 3-to-1 to deny a permit for Strata Solar, the state’s largest solar company, to build the farm at Webbs Road and Burton Lane.

Patton and commissioners James Klein and Carl Robinson Jr. voted against the permit. Commissioner Cecelia Martin voted in favor of the permit, saying the farm wouldn’t have hurt property values.

 

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