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Nov 24, 2021 14:36:44   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
An energy company wants to put a solar farm on over 600 acres of prime farmland in Madison County, Indiana, a few miles from my home. The only people in the county who want it are government officials with dollar signs in their eyes. This project, if approved, will destroy the livelihood of many area farmers, some of whom are friends of mine. Even more crippling is that the electricity produced will be transmitted elsewhere for use.

People do not, apparently, understand that farmland is something that people cannot make more of. The world population is increasing by leaps and bounds, yet big corporations want to take away the land used to feed people. This attitude is senseless.

Solar farms, go away!


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Nov 24, 2021 14:44:24   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Windmills might be better? At least they can farm around them, especially if they are placed in a grid and not helter-skelter.

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Nov 24, 2021 15:39:25   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
They tried that here near my home, too. It got squashed before it got started.

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Nov 24, 2021 22:34:48   #
Wallen Loc: Middle Earth
 
jaymatt wrote:
An energy company wants to put a solar farm on over 600 acres of prime farmland in Madison County, Indiana, a few miles from my home. The only people in the county who want it are government officials with dollar signs in their eyes. This project, if approved, will destroy the livelihood of many area farmers, some of whom are friends of mine. Even more crippling is that the electricity produced will be transmitted elsewhere for use.

People do not, apparently, understand that farmland is something that people cannot make more of. The world population is increasing by leaps and bounds, yet big corporations want to take away the land used to feed people. This attitude is senseless.

Solar farms, go away!
An energy company wants to put a solar farm on ove... (show quote)


Why not find a place in the desert? There is more sun there and it should not matter the distance if the electricity is going somewhere else. Would also help the wildlife with plenty of available shade.

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Nov 25, 2021 00:12:15   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
Longshadow wrote:
Windmills might be better? At least they can farm around them, especially if they are placed in a grid and not helter-skelter.


Considering how much oil and maintenance they take, plus the worn-out blades that apparently cannot be recycled, I am not too sure.

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Nov 25, 2021 00:12:33   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
kpmac wrote:
They tried that here near my home, too. It got squashed before it got started.


Good!

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Nov 25, 2021 00:13:14   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
Wallen wrote:
Why not find a place in the desert? There is more sun there and it should not matter the distance if the electricity is going somewhere else. Would also help the wildlife with plenty of available shade.


That would be better than on good farmland.

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Nov 25, 2021 06:49:24   #
DAN Phillips Loc: Graysville, GA
 
A travesty of ignorance! Keep the Land!

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Nov 25, 2021 07:10:10   #
tcthome Loc: Keansburg , NJ
 
If they are still farming the land & do not need to sell, No deal. Let them go find a farmer that wants to sell. They tried that better for the good crap on the Jersey shore several years back trying to take a fraction of the property value to displace people who owned small Beach front or ocean block properties to build up. It went to court, the people won.

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Nov 25, 2021 08:04:51   #
yssirk123 Loc: New Jersey
 
I understand the sentiment John - anyone who lives near these monstrosities hates them.

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Nov 25, 2021 08:17:39   #
2buckskin Loc: Wyoming
 
Longshadow wrote:
Windmills might be better? At least they can farm around them, especially if they are placed in a grid and not helter-skelter.


Windmills are not better, we have these bird grinders all over Wyoming. They are only being erected because of government subsidies, have ruined our beautiful scenery and kill thousands of birds and bats each year. Each windmill site takes away 3 acres of land, while we are not for the most part farm country, it sure does reduce rangeland.
Besides that the lifespan is about 15 years, and then the blades are being buried by the thousands in the Casper landfill.

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Nov 25, 2021 08:44:26   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
DAN Phillips wrote:
A travesty of ignorance! Keep the Land!



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Nov 25, 2021 08:45:57   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
tcthome wrote:
If they are still farming the land & do not need to sell, No deal. Let them go find a farmer that wants to sell. They tried that better for the good crap on the Jersey shore several years back trying to take a fraction of the property value to displace people who owned small Beach front or ocean block properties to build up. It went to court, the people won.


As I understand it, in Indiana law, eminent domain comes into play.

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Nov 25, 2021 08:46:13   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
yssirk123 wrote:
I understand the sentiment John - anyone who lives near these monstrosities hates them.



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Nov 25, 2021 08:46:45   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
2buckskin wrote:
Windmills are not better, we have these bird grinders all over Wyoming. They are only being erected because of government subsidies, have ruined our beautiful scenery and kill thousands of birds and bats each year. Each windmill site takes away 3 acres of land, while we are not for the most part farm country, it sure does reduce rangeland.
Besides that the lifespan is about 15 years, and then the blades are being buried by the thousands in the Casper landfill.


Exactly.

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