“A conditional use permit for a proposed solar farm on Shady Grove Church Road in the Smithtown community was denied by the Yadkin County Board of Adjustments on Monday. The three to two vote against the conditional use permit came after nearly an hour and half of testimony from neighbors opposed to the project.
The conditional use permit for a 22-megawatt 285-acre solar farm on parcels of land totaling around 370.5 acres was applied for by Two Hearted Solar, LLC, Mickey and Hilda Smitherman, Shady Grove Partners LLC, Evan and Tina Williams, Jackie and Betsy Williams, Ruth Matthews and Billy Miller. At a Sept. 14 hearing regarding the permit, Tom Terrell, an attorney representing the applicants, explained that the solar farm is a joint venture of Silver Creek Energy and Pine Gate Renewables. At the September meeting, proponents and representatives for the company proposing the solar farm presented in favor of the project. Both public hearings were evidentiary hearings with those speaking for or against the project sworn in as in a court of law.”
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Harrison, Kitsey Burns. The Yadkin Ripple 13 October 2020.