Neighbors oppose planned solar farm in NC

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 12:20 PM

Opponents of a proposed solar farm near affluent subdivisions on Lake Norman plan to pack a public hearing Monday.

The Charlotte Observer reports that North Carolina's largest solar developer wants to build a solar power generation facility on 36 acres in eastern Lincoln County. According to Strata Solar's permit application, 26,000 solar panels would replace soybeans on the 36-acre site.

One road that borders the site leads to exclusive developments on Lake Norman.

Local real estate broker Nadine Deason says she thinks the solar farm would lead to lower property values. Deason says everybody loves alternatives to fossil fuels, but not beside them.

Strata Solar says its plans won't hurt property values.

Monday's meeting in Lincolnton continues public hearings the county held Sept. 9 and Nov. 4.