The Lee County Board gave the green light to what may become the largest solar energy system in the Midwest when it is all said and done.
During the County Board meeting Tuesday night the board was asked to approve a Zoning Petition for Junction Solar LLC, a Delaware limited liability company. The project is a 760 acre solar energy system in the Alto and Reynolds Townships.
The $121 million project is projected to bring into Lee County around $588,000 per year in property tax revenue. Board Member Tim Deem said this country is way behind in the use of solar and is just now getting on the ball.
A couple of Lee County property owners spoke to the board and recommended they deny the petition. They said the land is currently AG 1 and only land zoned at the lower grade of Ag 3 should be used. They stated this will take too much good farmland out of production.
The solar farm is estimated to generate 100 megawatts of power. The board approved without much discussion the zoning petition.