Biggs Ford Solar Farm (copy)

Developers are attempting to rezone 150 acres of agricultural land to place a large solar array on this farm in the 8300 block of Biggs Ford Road near Dublin Road near Walkersville.

Walkersville town commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday night to send a letter to the Frederick County Planning Commission opposed to rezoning an area near Walkersville from agricultural to a solar facility.

The Planning Commission asked Walkersville for comment on the rezoning amendment filed by Biggs Ford Solar Center to change 151 acres near Biggs Ford and Dublin roads for a 15-megawatt solar energy project. The commissioners voiced concerns about rezoning the land because of a desire to preserve the area’s agricultural aesthetic.

The Walkersville letter is not a final decision on the rezoning request, which the Biggs Ford Solar Center, a part of Coronal Energy, filed in September. A decision is expected in the coming months.

Developers of the Biggs Ford project did not respond to requests for comment.

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Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. presented findings from its financial audit of fiscal 2018. The town’s total assets exceeded its liabilities by $21.5 million on June 30, the end of the fiscal year. The town has no current debt. In January, however, the commissioners signed a $7.5 million contract for the construction of a new water treatment plant.

The commissioners stated their concerns about a proposed needle-exchange program in Walkersville, though they voiced interest in training on how to respond to drug overdoses. Further conversations about the program will happen at the November meeting.

The town will update its design manual, used for zoning and planning, which was written in 1997. The expected cost of the update by the town engineer is $16,500.

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(26) comments

AstuteBusinessWoman

Good choice. By the way, they contain hazardous waste, called heavy metals.

cleanrunoff

You know solar energy is a socialist construct b/c no one profits from the sun, and the sun cannot be controlled by a manager. Best avoid it whenever possible.

glenkrc

Good.

Burgessdr

Dont want no stinkin solar energy in Frederick. Coal and gas fired is much better because of CO2 that warms the globe keeping us from freezing, and because of NOx that creates ozone that helps us breath breathe better

DickD

The solar farm would give renewable energy. By not allowing it to go forward. Walkersville is only hurting themselves. A solar installation does not harm the land.

gabrielshorn2013

Agreed Dick. In addition, crops may be grown between and under the solar panels.

Tigerzord

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CDReid

Easy for you to say Dick, you live in a area that was once one of the most beautiful in the county but has been permanently trashed by developers. I grew up in Ceresville and used to ride my bike all over Biggs Ford, Fountain Rock and Dublin Roads when I was a young boy and I'm just one of many who don't want to see garbage like this put in. The one in Creagerstown is bad enough.

gary4books

Garbage? The least intrusive use of the land and can quickly be remover if desired.

glenkrc

And let's continue to keep in mind that to meet MD's current 25% renewable energy goal with solar PV would require the construction of ~800 Biggs Ford-sized arrays (which have about the same output and land allocation as the MSM array) and occupy an area nearly 30% the size of Frederick County.

gabrielshorn2013

Understood glenkrc, but just because we will never be realistically able to do all of what was planned, shouldn't mean that we shouldn't do SOME of what the plan called for.

glenkrc

Let's let the price drop a GOOD bit more - then it may make sense. Despite what advocates might tell you about a favorable LCOE, the fact remains that the economics of renewables are shrouded in large subsidies and creative accounting.
Witness the September 6 advocacy piece in the FNP praising the Block Island Wind Farm. Turns out the PPA for the project provided for a purchase price --- 24.4 cents/kw-hr (!!) --- that was 4 to 5 times the market rate. (And included 3.5% annual increases!)
https://www.blockislandtimes.com/article/wind-farm-blamed-higher-mainland-power-rates/51561

DickD

CD you need to go up to where I grew up. It's still the same as you say it was where you grew up. The problem there is you need to be a farmer, small business man or if you can get a job, work for minimum wages. And almost all commodities are more expensive there. Add high taxes, along with cold and almost 10 times the snow fall we get here, there is plenty of reasons to leave and few to stay. It's beautiful there almost all of us had ice skates, skis and a rifle. Could usually ski over top of the barb wire fences by Christmas.

Tigerzord

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shiftless88

They'd rather we all smell cow poop than have solar energy

CDReid

Hey, I'm a Frederick County farm boy and I'd much rather smell cow crap then see this kind of crap any day.

shiftless88

Great; you are in a minority.

gabrielshorn2013

Ah yes, NIMBY-ism at its best. Screw the farmer so you can have “your view”. You are not entitled to “a view”. If you want it, get together with like-minded neighbors and buy the property!

CDReid

Put the farm in ag preservation like a lot of other county farms are. If we don't, Frederick County may as well change its name to Montgomery County North.

shiftless88

Why should farmers get some special protection or requirements? I thought you were conservative; why should the state tell a farmer they can't put solar panels in their field? Are you one of those typical conservatives who are all about freedom until it impinges on you personally?

AstuteBusinessWoman

Your comment indicates lack of understanding of what farm preservation is and for whom it was created for. You appear to think it’s some selfish right for farmers. It’s for everyone who eats! Sheesh! These comments here have gotten much worse. Now I remember why I stopped reading them awhile ago....

pappyjoe

The farmers are on top of things[smile]their minds are not scrambled from MICROWAVES signals like most are. Good move residence of Walkersville because your aware the meeting of decisions will take place after the elections (no date specified) and hold your own ground people of Walkersville. Take it to the table at the after election meetings on proposing creating a Solar Grid in the location of the ones you upset on your their decision. OH!!! you know what the already outcome will be so your going to vote down the ones involved that may force you into a decision. That a boy!!

Vladimir

Their minds are not scrambled by microwaves signals? LOL

DickD

Yeah Pappy doesn't know the difference between communications and energy.

gary4books

It is worth some study. Energy can send a message.

Dwasserba

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