Thanks to the Frederick News-Post. I have read the FNP for about 45 years: obituaries, bad and good news, local things and now, I have to comment on the solar story regarding Walkersville.

I love to save energy and look at new methods. The wind and solar options aren’t bad. Example: Look at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg: All panels are placed on common grounds of the university and while “not Pretty,” it’s on vast land and “not bad.”

I hope the tuition went down due to the university’s utility savings. Or take a ride to Western Maryland and notice the huge windmills silently producing energy, again placed on vast open lands.

Regardless, my family highly respects land preservation efforts to conserve green acres for farming purposes. The Offutts go back a long time in Frederick County and our farmland will continue till the cows come home. Green is good.

Early on, we were approached for the solar option since we are close to a sub power plant. After considering the family’s love of farming and our neighbors’ points of view, we opted not to accept the offer and we still farm the land in a good husbandry manner.

Our neighbors are happy. I am not saying ‘no’ to solar or wind methods. Just consider locating them in areas that don’t take away any beautiful view of our land or monopolize Frederick Counties A+ farm ground.

Just think, where will these projects (the equipment) be is 20 years of weathering?

Peggy Offutt


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We need a carbon tax, and then those who choose not to use solar or other green energy sources will at least pay for some of the harm created from continued use of fossil fuel sources for energy.


Rather noble of your family, Peggy. And fitting in a few solar panels, where they will not bother anyone, is a good idea.


Letters like this are very useful. We can factor in what people want to keep with what we want to accomplish in our regulations of new technology. I would suggest that new solar "farms" be set up so they can revert to farmland when needed and that the collectors not harm the farmland. Or that land not useful to farming be considered first. I could go on, but this is the basic idea. Get everyone to say what they want to keep and others say what they want to accomplish and see if a synthesis can cover all or most of all we want to do. That is good planning.


[thumbup] Well said.




Exactly Gary- solar farms can actors have crops grown in tandem with the panels or have configurations that allow the return to tillable and productive farmland.


Thank you. My take is that farmland near large populations and a Northern climate makes good sense. Solar farms in unpopulated Southern deserts makes good sense as well.

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