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Mon Jul 8, 2019, 07:33 AM

Oregon restricts solar development on prime farmland

As Oregonís climate policies steer the state toward renewable energy like solar, its land use laws are putting up roadblocks.

In May, the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission approved new rules that restrict commercial solar development on millions of acres of high-value farmland across the state.

The rule-making process pitted two of Oregonís most treasured values ó protection of agricultural land and environmental stewardship ó against each other.

The conflict is especially intense in Willamette Valley wine country, where many vineyards are simultaneously embracing solar energy while opposing commercial solar development.

Read more: https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/jul/06/oregon-restricts-solar-development-on-prime-farmland/
(Vancouver Columbian)

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mr_lebowski Jul 2019 #1

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Mon Jul 8, 2019, 08:01 AM

1. That seems stupid ... shouldn't the market decide?

It's not like having a solar farm the next parcel over affects your ability to grow wine grapes ... or are they concerned that the solar farms would be an eyesore?

In any case the time for worrying about that shit, esp. primarily to grow wine and for aesthetic reasons ... is long past.

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