Thank you to those who joined us for the Meherrin Open House on Tuesday, June 6.
If you couldn’t make it, here is some information that we shared at the event
Meherrin Solar is an up to 60 megawatt solar generation project proposed for Greensville County. The project is located on approximately 530 acres between Pine Log Road and Fountain Creek Road, near the intersection of Brink Road and Pine Log Road.
Final location of project infrastructure will be determined through public consultation, and environmental and engineering studies.
Frequently Asked Questions
IS SOLAR SAFE?
Solar projects are safe and do not pose any risks to the neighboring community. Solar panels do not produce heat, emissions or radiation.
WILL IT DISTURB MY NEIGHBORS?
Once solar panels are installed and the solar farm is operational, there will be little activity on the site. The project will be designed to minimize the visual impact. During the construction phase of the project, neighbors may see large equipment in the area and hear construction-related noise. We will do everything we can to minimize these impacts on our project neighbors.
WILL THE SOLAR FARM MAKE NOISE?
Unlike other power generation facilities, solar projects generate power with few or no moving parts and make very little noise.
WILL THE PROJECT NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE ENVIRONMENT?
Solar energy has many benefits to the environment and helps reduce carbon emissions. All development and construction has some impact on the location where the work is being
done, but we work to mitigate these impacts and protect the natural environment. We are in the process of completing the necessary environmental reviews and will comply with all laws and
regulations to ensure that the environmental impact is minimal.
HOW MUCH WATER WILL THE PROJECT USE?
Water is not required for operation. Minimal water use may be necessary for controlling dust during construction and for periodic panel washing, which occurs about 1-2 times per year.
DO SOLAR FARMS REDUCE A COUNTY’S INCOME?
While this number varies with project size, counties can expect to see an increase in revenue from a combination of taxes and permitting fees.
HOW WILL THE PROJECT IMPACT THE VALUE OF MY PROPERTY?
A solar farm is a good neighbor. It is safe, non-emitting and quiet. Solar projects are low to the ground and can be surrounded by vegetation, allowing them to blend in with the natural
landscape. Due to these characteristics, utility scale solar farms like this one have not had a negative impact on property values.
DECOMMISSIONING: WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF THE PROJECT’S LIFE?
Solar farms operate at maximum efficiency for about 20-25 years, although they can operate longer with regular maintenance. When the solar farm has come to the end of its life, all structures and equipment associated with the asset will be removed. Solar farms have little impact on the land they occupy; in fact, removing a solar farm is a lot like removing a fence. The land can be easily returned to its previous uses once the site is no longer used to generate solar power.
Email us at Meherrin.email@example.com