MORRISON – Whiteside County Board members will hear petitions Tuesday from a California-based renewable energy firm that wants to develop three solar farm projects near Albany and Fulton.
Cypress Creek Renewables wants to build 2-megawatt solar farms on 20 acres at 971 Bunker Hill Road, Albany; 25 acres at 5226 Hazel Road, Fulton; and 30 acres at 16501 Sand Road, Fulton.
Each solar farm would serve about 320 homes, with solar panel poles able to reach 12 feet at maximum tilt. ComEd customers would be able to subscribe to receive electricity from the farms.
The solar farms would require special use zoning at the Bunker Hill and Hazel Road farms, and rezoning from single-family residence to agricultural at the Sand Road site. The county zoning and planning commission voted May 17 to recommend the county board approve the special use and rezonings
County Building and Zoning Administrator Suzan Stickle said any lease terms would be between Cypress Creek and the landowners of the various properties.
The proposed farms wouldn’t be the only solar operations in Whiteside County. The county board voted in May to approve a land lease and easement for a 105-acre solar farm at the closed Prairie Hill landfill on Lincoln Road. The 25-year lease has a 2 percent annual increase in the rate, with a possible 10-megawatt per year farm fueling up to 7,500 homes.
The next Whiteside County Board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at the Whiteside County Law Enforcement Center, 400 N. Cherry St., Morrison.