February 6, 2023

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Rejected solar project adds grazing sheep to win Delta County OK

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The question before the Delta County Commission this month is whether 1,000 sheep can forge a path for dozens of solar panels — after the commissioners rejected a solar project citing concerns about losing farmland.

In March, the commission, on a 2-1 vote, rejected an 80-megawatt solar project covering 475 acres just outside of Delta, proposed by the Denver-based Guzman Energy Group. The project would have provided electricity to the local rural electric cooperative.

The two commissioners opposing the plan, Wendell Koontz and Mike Lane, said they were concerned about the loss of agricultural land in the county.

Guzman Energy has revised its Garnet Mesa project to “specifically address the agricultural and irrigation concerns raised by the community and commissioners,” Amy Messenger,…

Mark Jaffe

2022-08-15 03:07:00

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