Support the amendment to prohibit Large Scale Solar by attending the PUBLIC HEARING OCT 16, 2023
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wildfires that burn through these projects will emit toxic fumes and our county fire departments will simply let them burn. There’s no emergency response plan for 9,000+ acres of industrial solar projects and the toxic solar panels and lithium ion batteries that will create unknown health problems when this happens. https://www.pv-tech.org/us-solar-sector-urged-to-take-action-to-mitigate-wildfire-risk/
Property Value Loss Study:
we are currently working on a survey to examine how buyers would react about living next to large industrial solar projects. In this report it’s important to realize that the projects proposed in our county are 100+ MW. When placed within a mile from your property these projects can lower values by 20%. This could be more when multiple projects are sited in close proximity of each other. No one will notify you this is happening. Landowners who sign leases also sign non-disclosure statements to keep opposing neighbors in the dark until the project gets approved.
We aren't trying to stop solar we want transparency and ordinances. Current investigations reveal that Cypress Creek Renewables, Invenergy, and Avingrid in conjunction with the Bonneville Power Administration will cover over 6,000 acres of solar farms in areas such as: Knight Road, Ahola, Middle and Big Horn Roads. In addition there are lease agreements throughout the county along Pine Forest, Hoctor, Potholes Road, Hill Road up to Block House. In 2005, the county created the Energy Overlay Zone; it covers 2/3 of the county outright for energy projects. It’s now a candy store for greedy corporations that now want more land.
YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY VALUES
When complete these facilities have the ability to devalue your home and make it difficult to sell. These industrial sites will surround residents with 2.5 million solar panels and 8 foot chain link fence with 3 strands of barbed wire. Disturbing wildlife migration. This has already happened in Bickleton. Other proposals like the Cypress Creek Project on Knight Road is planning to do the same. Impacting your enjoyment and quality of life, it also has the potential of destroying the natural beauty, by killing wildlife, damaging ecosystems, flooding, polluting ground water and increasing the likelihood of wildfires. There is also other dangers associated with these projects. These projects are non-compliance to Klickitat County’s Comprehensive Plan that was written to protect our property. Nothing in our ordinances protect citizen’s rights against Industrial Solar they were written for wind projects. In addition in 2010 commissioner Sauter revised the code and raised the appeal fee from $200 to $4,000 to reduce opposition. This is a violation of Due Process. The cost makes it unreasonable for some people to speak out against how this violates and impedes on their property rights.
OUTWEIGHING THE BENEFITS
People need to realize that corporations have one objective. Profit. They will do bare minimum to achieve this, making you sacrificial. The fallacy of jobs was researched and reveals that these projects are outsourced and temporary. These facilities are high tech and are ran remotely from their headquarters in other states or countries. About 2- 5 full-time employees will remain. There is no discounts on utility costs for hosting such projects. In fact despite all the renewables in Klickitat Co. we still pay over 10% more than the average Washingtonian. Residents are already trying to sell their properties taking with them the money they spend locally. This could turn Goldendale and other cities into ghost towns.
WE NEED ORDINANCES NOW!
Klickitat County has not considered the full impact of these projects. County ordinances are essential in protecting your property investment. We have none that address utility scale solar. Common sense ordinances such as setbacks need to be established and transparency should be a must! These projects are intentionally kept secret to avoid opposition. Perhaps you're building a porch to enjoy the spectacular view or wildlife on your property only to learn your investment was worthless when you learn that it will be blocked by 1,000’s of acres of 18 foot solar panels. Join CEASE and protect our county’s culture and customs by establishing guidelines. We aren’t against renewable energy when done responsibly with citizen’s rights protected, their concerns addressed and fully resolved. Sign the petition located at The General Store in Goldendale and join us on Facebook to stay informed.
Current Activity at Lund Hill in Bickleton. Washington's largest solar farm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdXIghQ3Mis
Lund Hill Solar Project in Bickleton gets final approval using Wind Descriptions and resources Link
Why should battery storage facilities not be allowed in Klickitat County?
SEPA (State Environmental Protection Act) see what Klickitat County is proposing LINK
video of one being built in Arizona
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Captain Richard Birt who has made it his mission to educate firefighters to handle these issues warns that, “If firefighters encounter a large-scale battery fire, they need to fight the urge to take courageous action…There is nothing that you can do in there that’s going to mitigate that incident,” he said. “It’s just going to kill you.” Currently, our first responders have not been trained nor do they have the specialized equiptment to handle these fires and explosions. There is no evacuation plans if toxic gases where to be released. The Lund project has been approved with this huge oversight that puts emergency responders and residents in harms way. https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/the-fire-captain-teaching-solar-and-battery-literacy-for-first-responders