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Request made for seventh solar farm / March 15, 2018
The Halifax County Planning Office has received a new permit application from a solar energy developer, bringing the total number of solar farms envisioned in the county to seven.

Foxhound Solar, LLC, a subsidiary of Longroad Energy, a Boston, MA-headquartered renewable energy developer, submitted an application for a conditional use permit to build a 76-megawatt solar facility on 793 acres near the intersection of Green Valley and Black Walnut Roads in Clover.

Panels for the utility-scale solar project would take up approximately 541 acres.

A feasibility study is complete, while an impact study is still in process. Stantec, a Canadian independent consulting firm with an office in Charlottesville, is performing an environmental survey, which includes historical and cultural resources, wildlife and endangered species, topography, wetlands, and soil.

Halifax County also recently received a conditional use permit for a solar facility from Stagecoach Solar, LLC, owned by Hexagon Energy, a Charlottesville-based company.

Hexagon Energy is proposing a 16.6- megawatt solar farm located at Stage Coach Road and Bull Creek Road, between Nathalie and Brookneal. The solar array will use 116 acres out of the total 322 acres split over two parcels.

Foxhound Solar LLC and Stagecoach Solar LLC are required to hold community meetings before the Planning Commission will consider their applications.

To date, Halifax County Planning and the Board of Supervisors have approved two conditional use permits for solar facilities. One is for Crystal Hill Solar LLC, a 65- megawatt solar facility located on 629 acres on Crystal Hill Road near Woodchuck Trail.

The other permit was issued for Alton Post Office Solar LLC, an affiliate of Urban Grid. The 80-megawatt facility is envisioned on 600 acres on Alton Post Office Road, southwest of Alton.

Planners will review two Carolina Solar Energy solar proposals at their regular meeting on March 20.

Sunnybrook Creek Farm Solar LLC is a 51-megawatt facility located on 340 acres on Clays Mill Road, outside of Scottsburg.

Powells Creek Farm Solar LLC is a 70-megawatt facility located on 397 acres on Alton Post Office Road near Hendricks Lane. The community meeting for this project is tonight at 6 at the Turbeville Ruritan’s Club. Dinner will be provided.

Two conditional use permit applications submitted by Cypress Creek Renewables will be reviewed at the April meeting of county planners. Water Strider Solar LLC is an 80-megawatt solar facility located on 1,134 acres in Nathalie. SB Solar LLC is a 10-megwatt solar facility located on 140 acres near Huell Matthews Highway and East Hyco Road.

Two solar developers have filed Notices of Intent to build solar facilities in Halifax County with the Department of Environmental Quality, but have not yet submitted conditional use applications to Halifax County Planners:

Halifax Solar LLC, an affiliate of New Energy Ventures, is proposing a 15-megawatt facility located on 125 acres in Clover.

Piney Creek Solar LLC, an affiliate of Hexagon Energy, is proposing an 80-megawatt facility located on 775 acres, also in Clover.

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