Thank you to those who joined us for the Otter Creek Open House on Thursday, June 8.
If you couldn’t make it, here is some information that we shared at the event
Otter Creek Solar is an up to 60 megawatt solar generation project proposed for Mecklenburg County. The project is located on approximately 690 acres northeast of the intersection of Highway 92 and Spanish Grove Road, approximately 2 miles west of Chase City.
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.
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