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PROJECT OVERVIEW

Brookfield Renewable is proposing a 60-megawatt solar generation project for Greensville County in Virginia. The Meherrin Solar Project is located on the West side of Pine Log Road and a half mile south of Brink Road.

From project inception into operations, the Meherrin Solar Project will stimulate Greensville County’s economy. The Project will generate enough clean, renewable energy to power approximately 9,500 homes.

LOCATION OF THE PROJECT

The location of the Project was determined through extensive public consultation, supported by environmental and engineering studies. Based on feedback we received during public consultation, the Project was redesigned to incorporate increased setbacks from neighbors.

Specifically:

  • Setbacks of a minimum of 80’ and up to 980’ from residential properties and roads.

The final design of the Project ensures that neighbors’ viewsheds are protected.

  • The Project will be built behind existing trees and bushes where available.
  • Evergreen trees will be planted where no tree buffer currently exists.

CREATING VALUE FOR THE GREENSVILLE COUNTY COMMUNITY

Beyond producing clean, renewable power, the Meherrin Solar Project can provide socioeconomic benefits to the County, including jobs, increased business revenues and tax revenues.

  • During construction, estimates of up to $5 million in associated labor income and up to $16.6 million in additional economic output will benefit Greensville County.
  • During the operational period, estimates of up to ~$290,000 in associated labor income and up to ~$540,000 in additional annual economic output will benefit Greensville County.
  • The Project will generate a total of approximately $1 million in local tax revenues over 25 years.

MINIMIZING THE IMPACTS ON THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

  • The Meherrin Solar Project will NOT increase traffic.
    • Minor maintenance work is expected to occur, only a few times per year.
    • The project will have low or no impact on County services – requiring no new roads, utilities or impact on law enforcement.
  • The Meherrin Solar Project will preserve the region’s agricultural heritage.
    • Spreading across approximately 524.98 acres of land, much of the land between solar panels is undeveloped, leaving the opportunity to plant native grasses and wildflowers.
    • As part of decommissioning, the land will be restored so it is available for its original agricultural use.

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  • The Project Team has submitted a decommissioning plan to the County, along with a pledge to post financial security as needed to support future decommissioning efforts.

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT?

Join our Project team at the Greensville County Planning Commission hearing for Brookfield Renewable’s Meherrin Solar Project.

Tuesday February 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM

1781 Greensville County Circle, Emporia
The meeting will take place in the Board Room.

Looking for more information or have any questions?

Please contact us Meherrin.inquiries@brookfieldrenewable.com

For additional information, please see:

  • Project Overview
  • Economic and Fiscal Impact Report
  • Special Use Permit Application
  • Suitability in Accord Application
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Solar
  • About Brookfield Renewable

    Brookfield Renewable creates value by developing innovative natural power solutions that accelerate the world toward a carbon-free future. We do so by combining 100 years of operating experience as a developer, owner and operator of renewable power facilities, with industry-leading environmental stewardship, a strong commitment to health & safety, and to be an active partner to the communities where we live and work.

    When developing projects, we are committed to:

    • Building trust through transparency and openness
    • Protecting and enhancing natural ecosystems and biodiversity
    •  Working with local contractors and vendors, whenever possible

     

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