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Status Report: Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Commissioners Reset Action Date To Allow Research, Discussion, Negotiation

After one month of increasing public awareness of proposed utility-scale solar projects for farmland, Wayne County Commissioners decided on Wednesday, June 7, to continue investigating and holding discussions until Wednesday, July 12.

Commissioners have issued new notices that target July 12 as the day for considering regulatory action in the 9 a.m. regular meeting to be held on the second floor of the county administration building at 428 West Liberty St., Wooster.

We think it is possible to negotiate a more acceptable utility-scale solar installation by using a regulatory barrier as leverage. This possibility came out of a discussion with a number of local citizens who would like to see this approach actively considered.

It has been suggested that we consider agrivoltaics as a means of incorporating vegetation and/or animals as a possible resolution. We would like to have further discussion on this. We would also like to ensure that neighbors of these large solar arrays are properly protected and don’t have unsightly fencing or other detriments to adjacent property. There is also the need to further investigate the loss of neighboring property values when these large solar farms are installed.

This prohibition or moratorium will give everyone time to assure that we are moving forward in a responsible manner and protecting everyone who may be affected by these solar developments.

If you have any questions about the regulation of wind and solar farms, please email