DeKalb to hold five additional solar farm hearings Thursday in Sycamore

August 22, 2018

SYCAMORE – An additional eight solar energy projects will go before a DeKalb County hearing officer during five public hearings Thursday afternoon.

The hearings for the special use applications for the eight projects submitted from Summit Ridge Energy are scheduled for 1 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 1:40 p.m., 2:10 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. at the Administration Building’s Conference Room East, 110 E. Sycamore St. If approved by county and state officials, the eight proposed 2-megawatt, 15-acre projects would be located along Pearl Street and Wolf Road in Kirkland, at the intersection of Pine and Somonauk Roads in Somonauk and along Illinois Route 23 in Waterman.

Previously proposed solar farms from Summit Ridge Energy were community projects, which would feed power into nearby ComEd grids. The projects would be able to power at least 300 homes per megawatt.

Mark Raeder, spokesman for Summit Ridge Energy, had said residents

in ComEd service areas could get solar power from the projects and receive credits on their ComEd bills. He did

not immediately return a request for additional comment regarding the eight new projects from the Daily Chronicle.

The eight additional applications come after the DeKalb County Board approved four projects during their meeting last week. The DeKalb County Planning and Zoning Committee also will also consider the approval of two solar gardens in Shabbona Township and two in Kingston Township during the committee’s meeting 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DeKalb County Legislative Center Gathertorium, 200 N. Main St.

Derek Hiland, community development director for DeKalb County, had said there are more than 20 solar projects at various stages of the local approval process going through the county since board members passed the county solar ordinance. He had said he expects even more projects to come in the near future.

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