Village of Saint Helena - Public Hearing Regarding Solar
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1. Only 2.3% of the Village is zoned to allow solar. See the brown? That's it.
2. Only one landowner family wants solar. That shrinks solar down to 1.6%.
3. The solar policy requires a 100-foot setback from the public road and has provision for fencing and landscaping. These rules are good.
4. Solar is a good neighbor: quiet, clean, attractive, and hardly any traffic after construction. The alternatives to solar are high traffic or unattractive, such as:
5. The landowner and developers have worked with Village staff and leadership since 2016. The process had been transparent and collaborative.
6. Solar is safe and clean--short term and long term. See NCSU's 2017 research:
7. Good process makes good policy, and protects property rights. The Village participated in a thorough process when considering and adopting solar in 2017.