DeKalb county responds to solar farm concerns

Updated: Aug. 30, 2021 at 10:38 AM EDT
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AUBURN, Ind. (WPTA21) - Terri Rosenbury’s farm has been here for about a century. As old as it is, there’s something new that Rosenbury feels could threaten it: a proposed 1600 acre solar farm.

Rosenbury and her neighbors say a solar farm will change their lifestyles, from farming to hunting. They worry how far solar panels may come up to their property lines and hope the county will step in. They don’t want to see soybeans turned into solar panels.

The DeKalb county commissioners insist they’re not leaving farmers in the dark. They have an ordinance that would require solar farms to be a certain distance from nearby homes. There are also landscaping requirements.

The commissioners also say the plans for a solar farm aren’t set in stone. The ordinance has been created, but there are currently no officially proposed projects. They say the goal of the ordinance is to protect all property owners in DeKalb county while also respecting private landowner choices.

Above all, Rosenbury hopes that despite the push for renewables, DeKalb county doesn’t forget its roots and that it’s ultimately a farming community at heart.

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