Atlanta Farms Solar Project, LLC
Atlanta Farms Solar Project, LLC is proposing a 200 MW solar energy facility in Pickaway County, Ohio. We are excited to be working in partnership with county officials and landowners to bring Pickaway County residents the opportunity to host a clean, environmentally compatible, renewable energy generation installation.
Benefits of a Solar Energy Project
A solar project provides a healthy, productive economic development opportunity for local land to harvest a stable cash crop – the sun. Benefits include positive impacts to the local economy through tax revenues to local governments and support to other local services. Host communities typically experience economic boosts for local businesses and supply chains and the opportunities for new jobs – primarily during the construction phase.
In addition to being safe and compatible with agricultural and rural residential uses, solar energy facilities exist in harmony with wildlife and the environment. They make good neighbors because they operate almost silently without producing odor or byproducts; or attracting additional traffic.
In the bigger picture, solar energy projects provide an abundant, earth-friendly, sustainable power resource to help stabilize electricity costs. These amazing systems lessen carbon emissions and contribute to the diversification of the nation’s electricity grid.
Project Stakeholder Appreciation
Without the vision and partnership of county officials and supportive community members, solar power facilities would not be possible. With gratitude, we want to recognize the farmers, landowners, and residents of Pickaway County for their support and ambition to secure a bright future for their community through an economic contributor like Atlanta Farms Solar Project.
Dear Pickaway County community:
As the COVID-19 situation continues, please know the safety and well-being of our project host community residents remains to be our top priority.
We are still taking precautions and have implemented plans to ensure that our teams are working in a safe environment. We are also thinking about you, your families, and your businesses, so we will be following the CDC recommendations in terms of social distancing and limited travel while work continues on the project.
Please do not hesitate to reach out directly if you have any questions.
We wish you health and safety during this time,
Senior Development Manager
Perry and Deercreek Townships of Pickaway County
Size & Acres
The total project area encompasses 2,276 acres. However, the project, which consists of all solar components and infrastructure, will occupy approximately 1,375 acres of the project area based on the current design.
The Atlanta Farms Solar Project will serve the PJM power grid.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much farmland is utilized by a solar project?
Q: How important is reflectivity and potential visual impacts from solar projects?
A: Solar panels are designed to absorb solar energy and convert it into electricity. They reflect only about 2% of incoming light, so issues with glare from PV panels are rare.
Q: What are the visual impacts of the solar array once constructed?
A: Large solar projects have similar characteristics to a greenhouse or single-story residence. They are often enclosed by fencing. Landscaping and vegetation can be used to minimize visual impacts.
Q: How does the traffic associated with large solar projects impact nearby residential and agricultural property?
A: Solar projects do not attract high volumes of additional traffic after the construction phase is complete.
Q: What is the best way to clean solar panel arrays?
A: The most effective way to clean solar panels is with natural weather sources such as rain. Should lack of rain or extreme dust conditions warrant cleaning, a water truck is typically used to wash dirt and natural buildup from the panels.
Q: How does the sound of large solar projects impact nearby residential and agricultural property?
A: Solar projects are effectively silent, except for the tracking motors and inverters that
might produce an ambient hum. This is typically not audible from outside the project enclosure.
Q: Do ground-mounted solar PV arrays negatively impact property values?
A: In examining property values in states across the U.S., recent studies show that living in proximity to a solar farm does not deter the sales of agricultural or residential land. According to Solar Energy Industries Association, large-scale solar arrays often have no measurable impact on the value of adjacent properties.
Q: Can chemicals that might be contained in solar PV threaten public drinking water systems and/or wetland resources?
A: All solar panels are contained in a solid matrix,are insoluble, and are enclosed. Therefore, releases are not a concern. (MA Department of Energy Resources, et al.) Rules are in place to ensure that ground-mounted solar arrays are installed in a way that protect public water supplies, wetlands, and other water resource areas.
Q: How does the odor of large solar projects impact nearby residential and agricultural property?
A: Solar projects do not produce any byproduct or odor.
Q: How are solar panels managed when they are no longer in use?
A: At the time of decommissioning, panels may be reused, recycled, or disposed. The project land can be restored to its original condition.
Q: Are there health risks from the electric and magnetic fields (EMF) from solar panels?
A: Solar energy produces no emissions, waste, odor, or byproducts. The extremely low frequency EMF from PV arrays and transmission lines is the same as the EMF people are exposed to from household electrical appliances and wiring in buildings.