Solar farms are cropping up in Will County
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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#1 Sep 26, 2017
#2 Sep 27, 2017
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.
#3 Wednesday Aug 29
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.
#4 Wednesday Aug 29
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
#5 Wednesday Aug 29
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.
#6 Wednesday Aug 29
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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