Mount Jackson considers a solar farm

The Mount Jackson Planning Commission on Monday will discuss the possible special use permit issuance to Mount Jackson Solar I LLC to construct a solar farm.

Town Manager Kevin Fauber said Mount Jackson Solar I LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Virginia Solar LLC in Richmond. The farm, a 15.65 megawatt solar photovoltaic electricity generating facility, would be located at 3100 Turkey Knob Road on a portion of property annexed by the town last year.

According to its website at http://www.vasolarllc.com, Virginia Solar LLC is a Richmond-based developer of utility-scale solar projects and has solar facilities in Powhatan, Buckingham, New Kent, Sussex and King William counties.

Fauber said he will give the Planning Commission a presentation on the solar farm, including the economic impact for the town and county, number of jobs anticipated and the total investment value at Monday’s meeting.

“Mount Jackson Solar I will also be conducting a community meeting on April 13 in the Town Council Chambers of Town Hall for the residents and property owners in the vicinity to learn more about the project and to be able to ask questions to the company,” he said.

This meeting will be in addition to the regular public hearings held by the town in consideration of the special use permit application, he added.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday. A date for a public hearing on the solar farm will be set at that meeting.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com