Solar farms are cropping up in Will C...

Solar farms are cropping up in Will County

There are 6 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 5, 2017, titled Solar farms are cropping up in Will County. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

This 32-acre farm on the southwest corner of Pfeiffer Road and Sauk Trail in Frankfort is being considered for a community solar farm, given its close proximity to a ComEd substation. This 32-acre farm on the southwest corner of Pfeiffer Road and Sauk Trail in Frankfort is being considered for a community solar farm, given its close proximity to a ComEd substation.

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Pleticha

Frankfort, IL

#1 Sep 26, 2017
Great idea.
Keep the farmland

Matteson, IL

#2 Sep 27, 2017
Pleticha wrote:
Great idea.
Disagree. Solar farms pave over acres and acres of land. With the uproar over losing farm land, solar farms are right up there! Pave it all over, stick up acres of solar farms. Better to put solar panels on individual homes. Or locate the solar farms on places such as abandoned shopping malls or industrial spots. Not on farm land.
NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Matteson, IL

#3 Aug 29, 2018
Keep the farmland wrote:
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Disagree. Solar farms pave over acres and acres of land. With the uproar over losing farm land, solar farms are right up there! Pave it all over, stick up acres of solar farms. Better to put solar panels on individual homes. Or locate the solar farms on places such as abandoned shopping malls or industrial spots. Not on farm land.
Not necessarily. Plus there is rarely any large scale paving. The solar shields are constructed directly on the landscape that is mowed and maintained. Comparing paving parking lots with solar farms is not a fair comparison. Solar farms are clean and an alternative to coal or nuclear energy. Kudos to people getting involved. It is a good example of private entrepreneurs working to solve a problem. It is up to the local municipality to assure it is not an eyesore with the use of berms and trees.
chicagoHtsRes

Park Forest, IL

#4 Aug 29, 2018
Nope, not a good idea. On fB someone discussed an Nature Conservancy article online. They are against putting solar farms on farm land. They had a chart showing solar is THE most inefficient source of energy per the amount of land used. NC supports locating solar farms only on brown fields, abandoned industrial retail sites, places like that. I researched NC after reading this and just sent in dues
Farmer John

Lockport, IL

#5 Aug 29, 2018
NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH wrote:
<quoted text>Not necessarily. Plus there is rarely any large scale paving. The solar shields are constructed directly on the landscape that is mowed and maintained. Comparing paving parking lots with solar farms is not a fair comparison. Solar farms are clean and an alternative to coal or nuclear energy. Kudos to people getting involved. It is a good example of private entrepreneurs working to solve a problem. It is up to the local municipality to assure it is not an eyesore with the use of berms and trees.
The point was NOT utilizing farmland where we grow our food. Everyone clamors for locally sourced foods and farm to table restaurants. Covering over our farms is not the answer no matter have nice the grass is cut in between the panels. I agree with the other poster in utilizing alternative properties.

There is probably 750,000,000 square feet of industrial and warehouse rooftops in Will County. That is a viable possibility.
Joni Mitchell

United States

#6 Aug 29, 2018
Keep the farmland wrote:
<quoted text>

Disagree. Solar farms pave over acres and acres of land. With the uproar over losing farm land, solar farms are right up there! Pave it all over, stick up acres of solar farms. Better to put solar panels on individual homes. Or locate the solar farms on places such as abandoned shopping malls or industrial spots. Not on farm land.
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
They took all the trees
And put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half to seem 'em

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