The sheep — and the sprinklers and maybe the honeybees — carried the day as the Delta County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a once-spurned solar project on agricultural land.
The 80-megawatt Garnet Mesa project, on 475 acres, had been rejected by the commission in March over concerns about the loss of farmland and in the face of opposition from neighbors.
The project by Guzman Energy, a Denver-based wholesale power provider, was revamped adding irrigation to support even more sheep than initially proposed — as many as 1,000 now — and as a sweetener the prospect of using the land for an apiary was also thrown in.
That did not assuage area residents who turned up at Tuesday’s hearing in force to raise concerns about adverse impacts on property values, water…
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