Letters to the Editor

Letter: Solar and conservation

To the Editor:

I have lived in Richmond Township on the same property for the past 25 years. It is a beautiful setting on five acres with flower gardens, wildflower pasture, and abundant wildlife.

Now they want to surround me on three sides of my property with a solar power plant. I am not against solar power, I just don’t want one surrounding me, taking away the beautiful landscape views. Instead of looking out and seeing the deer, wild turkey, ducks, geese, sandhill cranes and more wildlife, I can look out and see an 8-foot cyclone fence and hundreds of solar panels.

Since the beginning of the McHenry County Conservation District, Richmond Township has lost 15 percent to
20 percent of taxable land because of land bought by the MCCD. Someone has to make up that lost revenue. Guess who? (the taxpayers)

Now I hear that MCCD has bought more than 700 acres in Richmond Township, taking more land off the tax roll. As I said before, I am not against solar power and land conservation as they really go together toward a better environment. What I am against is the encroachment on others for a product that may not even be sold in McHenry County or lower my electric bill, and also against the purchase of land with tax money then post it with no trespassing and under penalty law signs.

MCCD owns about 25,000 acres throughout the county. Why not put small solar plants on these properties, charge rent, create revenue and lower our tax bill? 

There are many places in this great country where solar power and land conservation work together. Why not here in McHenry County? They both are environmentally friendly, raise revenue, saving tax dollars, save prime farmland and homeowners can keep there beautiful views.

Tim Widen 

Richmond

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