Duke Energy Solar Farm Hearing Thursday

From Karen Schnable, Riley Township Supervisor:

On Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 1:30 PM the McHenry County Zoning Board of Appeals will be hearing the Duke Energy Solar farm conditional use permit. The meeting will be held at the McHenry County Administration building, Conference Room A, located at 667 Ware Road in Woodstock.

Along with the request for the condition use permit to build the solar farm, Duke Energy is also requesting a variance with regards to the screening of the Solar Farm.

Here is the County agenda:


#2021-006 – Pleasant Grove Solar/Duke Energy – Riley Twp – A1-A1CV

The Petitioner is requesting a conditional use to allow for a Solar Farm and variations to allow for

1) an exemption from the requirement to screen with vegetation any part of the facility within five hundred feet of a right-of-way (except where the facility is within five-hundred feet of a residence requiring screening under the McHenry County Unified Development Ordinance), and

2) a setback of zero feet instead of the minimum fifty feet required from any lot line where adjacent parcels are located within two different jurisdictions and where panel arrays are proposed to be constructed contiguously from one parcel in unincorporated McHenry County and one parcel in the City of Marengo.

Proposed Duke Energy Solar Farm.

To request additional information or materials regarding this petition, please contact the Department of Planning & Development directly at 815-334-4560.


Duke Energy Solar Farm Hearing Thursday — 7 Comments

  1. Did you know that e-mails from the IPCC were hacked and leaked in 2009?

    They said there was essentially NO relationship between CO2 and global warming.

    They even wrote a song about the alarmist Michael Mann called Hide the Decline.

    Google Hide the Decline song and see if you can still find it.

    In other words, global warming is not caused by burning fossil fuels.

    Why on earth would you grant those two exceptions listed above?


    It won’t save the planet!

  2. Projects like this, which create the type of energy proposed here, are what is needed for the future growth of McHenry County.

    Clean, renewable, non polluting energy is the wave of the future.

    And, the farmland used for the solar field is left to renew itself for the life of the solar field.

    It’s a win-win all around, but especially for the residents of McHenry County.

  3. Does Duke have to remove the solar panels when their use is over?

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