The Greensville County Board of Supervisors gave the green light to the Sadler Solar Project last week. It is the third solar project approved by the supervisors, which recently rejected a fourth.
The proposal to build the industrial solar facility has been discussed at many meetings. With the supervisors approving the large section of the 100 megawatt solar facility on Monday left supporters of the project grateful.
“I just want to thank the board for all of their hard work and research they have done regarding the solar project.” Elliott Sadler said. “Thank you for helping us to have the least amount of effect on our neighbors.”
Following a brief overview given by Director of Dominion Energy Dianne Corsello, of the section, project and changes to several special use permit conditions, the supervisors voted and the proposal was approved.
Virginia Electric and Power Company also known as Dominion Energy power plans to build the facility on more than 1,400 acres, which currently consists of fields, farm paths, wooded area and natural wetlands. It is located along the north side of Dry Bread Rd., up to the Meherrin River, approximately midway between Jones Mill Rd. and I-95 two miles west of Emporia in Greensville County.
Burt Lynch and family reside on Dry Bread Rd. near the proposed site. He took a stand at the speakers podium to address the board with how appreciative he was with the representatives and experts from Dominion Energy. They had come out to his home personally to address the issue regarding the switch station and substation being too close to his property.
“I just wanted to say thank you for listening to our concerns and having the switch station and substation moved 3000 feet setback,” he said. “We were never opposed to the solar project, just the switch station and substation being directly in front of our home.”
As there were with the three previous solar farm proposals in the County, there are some that opposed the project.