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County board places solar farm petitions on file

Also approved county appointments

Shaw Media file photo
Shaw Media file photo

MORRIS – Four potential solar projects in Grundy County have moved forward, with the county board voting to place the petitions on file.

The county board also learned that the proposed Pennypacker project, which would be two identical farms near each other and was awaiting special approval from the state, received the necessary approval.

Those projects, called Pennypacker and Pennypacker 2, is for community solar farms on near Dwight
and West Waupecan Road in Mazon Township.

Although it is less expensive to build the two small farms near each other, it wasn’t certain they’d be able to build both.

“We’re submitting for both, should we have the ability to do both,” said Scott Novack, a senior developer with Cypress Creek Renewables said at the first hearing.

Novack said the project would be a total investment of $4 million, including
$2 million locally.

The plans for both farms include landscaping to provide a buffer from public view from both the road and neighbors.

The application for the planning commission also details decommissioning procedures for when the farm has reached the end of its service life.

Also discussed was the a community solar farm in Wauponsee Township off Route 47 near the Commonwealth Edison station, about 4 miles to the south of Morris.

The farm would produce about 2 megawatts of power.

A fourth possible plant discussed was another Cypress Creek Renewables project in Vienna Township at Verona and Waupecan roads.

The county board also approved a series of bids for work from the highway department in the coming season. The board approves both county projects and township projects because townships will also be using Motor Fuel Tax funds, but not county funds. Among the bids approved are hot mix asphalt projects, cape sealing, oil and chip and aggregate.

The board approved a resolution authorizing Grundy County Transportation to apply for a
5311 Grant from the state of Illinois for $99,000 to help offset the costs of the transportation system in the county. As part of the process, the board also had to approve a resolution that allows the county to provide that public transportation.

The board also approved several appointments and re-appointments: Robert Sistek to Coal City Fire Protection district; Jerry Stitt and Nicholas Baudino to Verona-Kinsman Fire Protection District; Dave Bonomo and Rodney Phillips to Morris Fire and Ambulance Protection District; Roger Turman, Luella Kellogg, Paul Larson and Don Schuck to the county Ethics Commission.

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