Rock Falls planners object to proposed community solar farm

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ROCK FALLS, Ill. – Planning officials in a northwestern Illinois community are opposing a proposed community solar farm just outside its city limits.

Sauk Valley Media reports that the Rock Falls Plan Commission recommended that the city object to the project, saying it is incompatible with comprehensive plans of the city and Whiteside County.

The proposed project site is in an agricultural area. The city contends the site should continue to be used for farming until it can be developed for more traditional commercial purposes.

Minnetonka, Minnesota-based Sunrise Energy Ventures has applied to the county for a special-use permit for the project. Rock Falls has a say in the matter because the site is within a 1.5-mile radius of its borders.

Rock Falls is about 115 miles (185 kilometers) west of Chicago.

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