Ordinance will restrict Lee Co. solar farm development

Lee Co. Solar Plant Resolution

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - One Southwest Georgia county said they are getting a lot of interest from developers wanting to build solar farms in their area, but there is now a new hurdle to clear.

Tuesday night, Lee County Commissioners approved a moratorium on solar farms, which would require the county attorney to put an ordinance in place.

Until then, they are not going to allow any new solar farms.

Commissioner Billy Mathis (Source: WALB)
Commissioner Billy Mathis (Source: WALB)

We are told if there is a new solar project, commissioners want it done correctly.

“We really have to have an ordinance to govern these things, and we don’t have one so we’ve got to get in ordinance in place and its a fairly involved process," said Commission Chairman Billy Mathis. "We’ve looked at model ordinances that a were done by the university of Georgia and its quite a lengthy ordinance.”

Mathis said this would be a time-consuming process for the county attorney, but as a county they want to have an ordinance for protection.

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