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Solar farm seeks county’s approval

Staff report

June 1, 2014

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners will consider a conditional-use permit request on Monday that would allow for the establishment of a solar farm on Old Whiteville Road in Wisharts.


The solar farm would be constructed by AE Israel Solar Farm LLC on 25 acres of a 105-acre tract owned by Ricky K. Phillips, Donald T. Phillips and Timothy E. Phillips. The property is located in a Residential Agricultural District.


According to the application, no buildings would be constructed on the site. In addition to the solar panels, the farm would include control equipment, inverters to convert electricity from DC to AC, a step-up transformer and interconnection to utility distribution.


The Robeson County Planning board has reviewed the proposal and is recommending that the commissioners approve the conditional-use permit.


The commissioners are also being asked to consider conditional-use permits that would allow for the establishment of a recreational horse facility with R.V. parking spaces in Back Swamp,a family cemetery in Union and an outreach ministry in Parkton.


According to the agenda, the commissioners will also:


— Hear presentations from the Southeastern Economic Development Commission and the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.


— Consider economic incentives for Cape Fear Arsenal.


— Consider a request from Robeson Community College to transfer county funds from the college’s roofing project to its culinary kitchen heating and air system project.


— Consider appointments to the Lumber River Workforce Development and Social Services boards.


Immediately after the meeting the commissioners will hold a budget work session.


The meeting begins at 6 p.m at the county administration building on North Elm Street.