Augusta County plans solar, renewable energy survey

augusta countyAugusta County is undertaking a solar and renewable energy survey to gather public input concerning location and development guidelines of utility scale solar and other renewable energy land uses.

The survey will be available on Aug. 29 online at www.co.augusta.va.us as well as through hard copy versions that can be found in Augusta County libraries and at the Augusta County Government Center (18 Government Center Lane, Verona).

“The county’s Comprehensive Plan is an important, publically reviewed and vetted document that guides development of its infrastructurerelated decisions throughout the county,” senior planner Leslie Tate said. “As the interest for utility scale solar development, and potentially other renewable energy land uses, increases in the county, it is very important for Community Development, as staff to the Board of Supervisors, to hear public feedback. We want the community to help guide the location and development standards of future projects.”

The Board of Supervisors approved a schedule for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan regarding solar development at their meeting on Aug. 14. The public survey is part of the process and includes the appointment of a steering committee that will incorporate community and stakeholder input from the survey into recommendations for Comprehensive Plan amendments for the Board to review. At this time, presentation of the recommendations are planned for Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors public hearings in mid to late November.

Throughout Virginia, the development of utility scale solar projects has seen a significant increase. According to the 2018 Virginia Energy Plan, over the last five years, Virginia has seen a dramatic increase in its installed solar capacity, growing from 17 MW in 2014 to more than 320 MW installed.

         
 

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Feedback from buyers: “Got the Book in the Mail Saturday, and could not put it down! Great read and great photography as well! Love all of the books I’ve received, but hands down, this is my favorite!” – Russell

Buy here.


augusta free press news
augusta free press news
augusta free press news


Comments