Planning commission to consider more solar

Published 8:45 am Thursday, December 21, 2023

Solar facilities are continuing to seek Charlotte County and landowners are looking to profit. 

The Charlotte County Planning Commission will hold two public hearings on Thursday, Dec. 21, regarding two conditional use permits for solar development.

The first hearing is scheduled for a 1.9-megawatt AC utility-scale shared solar energy system proposed by Charlotte Solar 1, LLC, on land owned by Henry Gibson in the Madisonville area of the county. 

Charlotte Solar 1 LLC, a subsidiary of New Energy Equity, LLC.

According to the permit application, the project is located 5 miles south of Pamplin “as the crow flies.” The project will be directly south of 18 County Line Road / 681, .5 miles east of Wards Fork Mill Road / 661, and 750 ft. west of Baker Mountain 19 Plant Road. 

The solar facility is a planned Dominion Energy Shared Solar Project with plans of energy generated from the facility going into Dominion’s distribution network, where it will be used for daily electrical use by Dominion customers. 

A conditional use permit application for a 3-megawatt AC utility-scale shared solar energy system, proposed by Charlotte Solar 2, LLC., will also be considered by the planning commission following a public hearing on Dec. 21.

The proposed project is located on property owned by Austin D. and Sandra P. Goldman, 

The project is located 8 miles south “as the crow flies” from Pamplin, 6.4 miles north of the Town of Charlotte courthouse, and ~2.2 miles NE from the community of Cullen (crossroads of Thomas Jefferson Hwy (Route 47) and Taro Road. 

The nearest intersection to the project will be west of Taro Road / 660 and 20 south of Margaret Lane. 

Charlotte Solar 2 LLC is also a subsidiary of New Energy Equity, LLC. 

The Planning Commission will either consider the application following the hearing or defer to a later public meeting. Once the Planning Commission makes a recommendation, the Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing and act on the application. 

Both public hearings will be held in the Charlotte County Administration Office boardroom, 250 LeGrande Avenue, Suite A, Charlotte Court House. 

Persons affected may present their views in person at the hearing or provide comments in writing. Written comments (500 words or less) can be delivered or mailed to the Administration Office or emailed to publiccomments@ charlottecountyva.gov.