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Solar projects are drivers of economic development and opportunity. They don’t require any county resources, yet they produce a substantial amount of tax revenue. Likewise, solar leases provide A STEADY SOURCE OF INCOME FOR LOCAL LANDOWNERS.

The project also CREATES JOBS AND GENERATES SUBSTANTIAL ECONOMIC ACTIVITY in the project area. And of course, as a community uses energy, they have an interest in ensuring it is produced cleanly and affordably.


Minimal Visual Impact  
Low to the Ground & Screened by Trees

Part of project planning involves minimizing visual impacts. The average height of a solar panel is less than 10 feet tall, whereas we are keeping existing buffers in place comprised of mature pines excess of 20 feet tall.


Respect for Neighbors
Respecting Neighbors' Land

Preservation of view sheds is an important part of the development process. Thick stands of mature timber are being left in place along many of the roads and parcel boundaries in order to provide ample visual buffers.

Quiet Neighbors  
Similar to the Noise of a Babbling Brook

Solar farms are quiet neighbors. At the fence line, the sound from the onsite inverters is a minor hum – equivalent to the sound of a brook. Further offsite, no noise can be heard.


“Most of the locations were in either suburban or rural areas, and all of these studies found either a neutral impact or, ironically, a positive impact, where values on properties after the installation of solar farms went up higher than time trends.”


– Donald Fisher, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

Property Values
No Negative Impact on Property Values

The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers supports the conclusion that solar in rural communities has no impact on property values.

Guaranteed to Restore Property to Natural State

A performance bond is in place to ensure that the project will be decommissioned at the end of its life and the land restored to its original condition.


Community Benefits
Significant Benefits for the Local Economy

The Notch project will stimulate $24-28 million in local spending during construction. It will generate $14-18 million in property taxes over the life of the project. Construction will create 600 jobs and dozens of permanent jobs, and local businesses will also benefit from local economic activity during development and operation.

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in total local economic activity generated during construction.

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created during construction, as well as some long-term employment opportunities.

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in property taxes generated over the life of the project, which help provide services and infrastructure for the county.

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