To the Editor:
Last week, I attended a meeting along with 125-175 concerned residents to hear apresentation for a proposed variance for a Solar farm on a 90 acre parcel offarmland in Johnsburg. This proposed site is not at a location where it should be allowed.
The property is one of several in this area that is being considered for solar farms. The man who bought all these different properties around the county doesn't live in Illinois, but in Wisconsin.
The California-based Cypress Creek Solar Company - according to their proposal - makes no mention of who will be stuck with any cleanup, should they go bankrupt, or if any other problems befall the space. It appears that they can just walk away and stick the citizens of Johnsburg with the cleanup and removal of all equipment from this land.
They are calling it a solar farm and want to keep it as agricultural property, paying agricultural tax rates. That doesn't help anyone but the people who own the land.
Johnsburg will not see any financial benefits from this, or anyone from McHenry. Our electric bills will not go down, All energy from this site will beused and sold to other states by Commonwealth Edison.
The proposed property has always been slated for residential neighborhoods. So if this is about money, then Johnsburg will definitely be the loser. If residential neighborhoods get built here, the taxes from the neighborhoods will benefit taxpayers, as opposed to the $16 an acre that would be paid for keeping it zoned as agricultural farmland.
Solar energy, to which I'm not opposed, requires panels standing 12 feet tall with concrete ground barriers; no chance for rain or melting snow any place to go and will affect the adjacent subdivision and farms sitting across from it on Ringwood Road.
Why ruin good productive farmland?
Let the people know one person's greed shouldn't overrule the desires of many who do not want an industrial eyesore on the horizon.