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Board amends zoning ordinance for solar facilities

Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 8:58 am

Upon adding two electrical substations in the zoning ordinance for Northern Neck Electric, the Northumberland County Board of Supervisors decided to take a proactive approach and added zoning ordinances for solar facilities for Northumberland County. “When a company does come and want to build a solar farm in the county, we will already have our zoning regulations straight instead of having to do it on the fly while somebody’s waiting for an application,” said Stuart McKenzie of Northumberland County Zoning Administration. “Basically we got the electrical substation zoning ordinance done at the end of 2017 and then we started working on the solar.”
Currently, county residents are permitted to use solar panels on their houses for accessory or supplemental energy and there are several homes in the county where residents are already using solar panels to help with the lowering of their home’s energy costs. “We’ve been allowing solar use already, we’re not going to say you can’t do that,” McKenzie said.
The county has decided to approve three different categories that will fit in the zoning ordinance. There will be small, medium and large. Small will be your residential based solar to supplement a residential existing structure.
“We didn’t want to infringe on anybody’s rights to do that. We want to encourage that, if that’s something you wanted to do.”

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