Neighbors had objected to the proposal — which at 4.5 megawatts would be the largest solar project in the state so far — and filed an appeal of the county’s decision.
A controversial solar farm planned for the rural community of Kittitas can move forward, the Kittitas County Hearings Examiner ruled.
Neighbors had objected to the proposal — which at 4.5 megawatts would be the largest solar project in the state so far — and filed an appeal of the county’s decision that the solar farm would cause no significant environmental impacts.
In a ruling released by the county Monday, the hearing examiner both rejected that appeal and approved the conditional land-use permit.
The developer, Portland-based OneEnergy Renewables, has said the proposed site on 48 acres of farmland just east of Kittitas is ideal because it’s flat, already disturbed land that’s close to transmission lines and has good solar exposure.
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The community group that challenged the project is critical of citing the project on farmland, saying that approval of this solar farm sets a dangerous land-use precedent for the county.
According to the approved permit, the developers will have to meet various conditions for the project to go forward. Those conditions include keeping construction noise to daytime hours; having a weed-control plan; protecting the creek alongside the property; and planting a vegetation fence that shields the views of the solar farm.