Decision on Randolph solar could come soon

Published 8:30 am Friday, June 24, 2022

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After tabling a siting agreement between the county and solar developer SolUnesco and Dominion Energy last week, the Board of Supervisors (BOS) has now come to an agreement.

The decision came during one of two special called closed session meetings last week.

County Administrator Dan Witt said that during the meeting on Friday, June 17, the Board and Dominion agreed conceptually on the siting agreement and left it up to county staff and the attorneys to put that language into a document.

According to Witt, a draft siting agreement will be ready for the public to view as early as Wednesday.

In addition to the siting agreement, the Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 5 at 6 p.m. at the Randolph-Henry auditorium.

The siting agreement may include terms and conditions, including mitigation of any impacts of such solar project or energy storage project; financial compensation to the host locality to address capital needs set out in the capital improvement plan adopted by the host locality, current fiscal budget of the host locality, or fiscal fund balance policy adopted by the host locality; or assistance by the applicant in the deployment of broadband.

At the beginning of June, the BOS took no action on the project’s conditional use permit following a two-and-a-half-hour public hearing.

That could also be decided during the July 5 meeting.