Everyone agrees that going green is very important for our ecology and our planet. Solar power is clean, quiet, doesn't smell, and doesn't pollute. However, it takes a lot of land to generate a small amount of electricity given the level of technology that we have today. It's very land intrusive.
Gloucester is primarily a bedroom community where people live here and work somewhere else. Gloucester’s economy is based on tourism and history and the second home industry. I believe that putting an industrial-sized power plant on pristine farmland of this size is not the smart thing to do ---- and would adversely affect the surrounding property values (including Mathews as this project is on a main access artery) and the economy of Gloucester. This project has no tax advantage for Gloucester whatsoever and helps no one ---- except that it makes Gloucester “more ugly”. I started this this social media comment thread to get feedback from other people and their thoughts about this project pro and con.
Here's a question ask your wife or spouse ---- Ask them if they would take three or four hundred thousand of their hard earned money and buy land “directly overlooking and across the street” from 200 acres of solid solar panels? I bet they would tell you no! Then tell them that they would have to spend 30 years paying a mortgage on that money. They wouldn’t do it and now you understand what this project will do to the adjacent property owners and to Gloucester.
We need several solar projects that are less intrusive and smaller. Lots of little projects that are home-based for example like solar water heaters or solar panels installed in the home. How about a 40 acres solar project in Ware Neck where thousands of people can’t see it , and a 40 acres project in Guinea and a 40 acre project in the north of the county? We need to put these projects where people cannot see them. The beauty of Solar is they can be located anywhere.
Lastly, we need to discuss the Tax disadvantages for the county, proper site buffering so it cannot be seen, and who’s going to pay to remove this industrial equipment in 15 to 20 years.
Now let's have your comments please based on facts or a point of view.