LETTER: Solar farms could benefit farmers, community

Published 10:36 am Tuesday, September 8, 2020

I am writing to express my support for the solar ordinance, and specifically, the proposed Saddlebred Solar project being considered in Clark County.

I think it’s important that people hear the whole story instead of just the negative side.

As a farmer who farms my own land and tenant farms other land in the area, I think this project is a positive thing for several reasons.

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Solar agreements offer hard-working farmers like me an opportunity to receive a consistent source of income for 30 years or more.

This additional guaranteed revenue will help me pay my bills and support my family during periods of low crop prices and over production.

I will also be able to reinvest some of this money into additional, more productive land to farm.

It makes sense to make some money off of a widely available resource like the sun, and I believe this stable income will make a difference for farmers who are struggling to make a living off of their land right now.

Besides benefiting landowners, I think this project is good for the community as a whole.

The Saddlebred Solar Project will be a huge investment in Clark County, an opportunity that doesn’t come around here very often.

The annual tax revenues from the project can be used to support the school system, fund the county jail, Sheriff’s Department or other things that the county is lacking money for right now.

These are taxes that would otherwise come out of our own pockets.

Those who don’t want this project say that it will take prime agricultural land out of production but fail to mention that most everything that has been built in Clark County was built on farmland.

Madison County and several others have welcomed solar projects and are seeing the benefits.

If we continue to be opposed to growth, other counties in Kentucky will continue to pass us by. Let’s say, “Yes,” to solar and say, “Yes,” to progress.

Dennis Craig,