Woodstock, IL – April 13, 2018 –The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County supports the sustainable opportunity that community solar farms represent here in McHenry County and invites the public to review its “Position on Community Solar Farms” paper located on the organization’s website: www.mcdef.org.
The direct link for the position paper is: http://mcdef.org/wp-content/uploads/Solar-Farms-Position-Paper-4.11.18.pdf.
The Environmental Defenders recognize the need for society to embrace clean forms of energy and move away from energy that produces pollution, contaminates water, and degrades the planet’s environmental health.
To this end, we welcome the opportunity for McHenry County to support community solar farms and hope to play a role in helping the projects provide the greatest environmental benefits.
Just as agricultural crops convert energy from the sun into energy we consume as food, solar farms convert the sun’s energy into a clean form of electrical energy we use to power our daily lives.
Local community solar farms provide opportunities for residents and businesses to access clean renewable energy without having to install solar power infrastructure on their own.
Properly designed community solar farms in McHenry County will provide a stackable set of benefits to our community.
These include a local, clean energy source, habitat for declining pollinators and other wildlife, the rebuilding of our soil, infiltration areas to recharge our vital groundwater reserves, reductions in runoff from plowed fields, and improvements in downstream water quality.
Prairie solar farms will also be peaceful, quiet, and odorless neighbors.
To learn more about community solar, please go to CUB Community Solar Farms Fact Sheet: https://citizensutilityboard.org/community-solar-illinois/.