Farmington residents come out to voice opposition again proposed solar farm
Farmington, N.Y. – Residents and developers in Farmington remain split over a proposed solar farm in Farmington, as more than 100 people came out Wednesday night to call on the town to deny the construction.
The meeting was moved to the town’s highway garage, in anticipation of the large crowd.
Residents are concerned that if allowed, the commercial enterprise will take up valuable farmland and change what it means to live in Farmington. Currently, the proposed farm would span 35 acres. Other neighbors are worried about their home and property values. They also fear this could open the door for more solar farms to be built on other area farmland.
The developer, Delaware River Solar says it would power 1,200 local homes, and would allow livestock to remain on the land. Local farmers who own the property would lease the land to the company.
The company’s applications to build still have several phases to go through before any official decision is made.
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