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?