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Halifax County supervisors, planners hold public hearings on two solar projects

SoVaNow.com / September 20, 2021
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission will hold a joint meeting Tuesday to consider requests for two small-scale solar facilities, one located west of South Boston and the other in the Clover area.

Both community solar facilities would generate up to 5 megawatts of electricity on tracts of roughly 130 to 140 acres. The developers are seeking conditional use permits from the county to allow for the construction of the solar arrays.

One project, known as Knollwood Halifax Solar, LLC, would be built on some 131 acres of agricultural land at 1037 Knollwood Lane, South Boston, off Old Grubby Road. About 35 to 40 acres would be developed to contain solar photovoltaic panels and infrastructure, connecting to Dominion Energy’s distribution lines along Old Grubby Road.

The developer is Nexamp, which claims to operate more than 250 community-scale solar projects around the U.S. The project applicant, Knollwood Halifax Solar, Inc., a subsidiary of Nexamp, and the landowner is Elgie B. Crews.

The other project is a community solar array that would be built on Martin Trail, off of James D. Hagood Highway (U.S. Route 360) near the intersection with Route 92. The project area consists of 138.5 acres of farmland with some 40 acres taken up by solar panels and other installations.

The project developer is Ace VA Der, LLC, a unit of Apex Clean Energy, and the landowner is listed on the application as Christopher or Bobbie Eller.

The joint supervisors-planners meeting will begin Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. with public hearings on both projects, followed by a Planning Commission discussion on whether to recommend the solar facilities for approval by the Board of Supervisors.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the second floor meeting room of the Bethune Office Complex in Halifax.



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