Proposed solar project has first hearing

A solar panel farm proposed for Russell County took another step last night as the local Solar Panel Siting board heard public comments on the project.
Meeting at the courthouse, the board heard from two county residents, Glen Shepherd and Cameron Tiller.  Shepherd expressed concern that the project, which will encompass more than 400 acres of land near the Russell Springs elementary school, will cause property values to go down.  That concern was also expressed by Tiller.   Tiller also said the payment in lieu of property taxes agreement approved by the fiscal court seemed insignificant.   The County has agreed to receive just over $1.6 million over the next 40 years.   The project is expected to generate electricity for sale of the wholesale electricity market.
Kent Chandler, Chairman of the Public Service Commission, conducted the public meeting, along with Vice Chairman Amy Cubbage, and County Judge Executive Gary Robertson and Jeff Hoover, both of whom were appointed by Governor Beshear on behalf of county residents.
The next meeting on the project is set for September 28th in Frankfort.
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