Board makes decision on solar farm

Bartholomew County officials blocked a proposed solar farm in Flatrock Township in northeast Bartholomew County after neighbors vehemently opposed the project.

During a public hearing Monday before the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals, about 20 residents who live near the proposed project pleaded with the board members to consider the effect on their lives if 100,000 solar panels were added to 156 acres along County Road 900N between County Roads 350E and 425E.

The board sided with the neighbors, voting unanimously to deny the petition after hearing more than an hour of feedback. The neighbors presented a petition with about 65 signatures and said there were other nearby residents who didn’t even know about the proposal.

The project was proposed by Vogel Solar LLC, Santa Monica, California, on land owned by Donald and Deborah Schroer, 4605 S. County Road 150W, application documents said.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.