Second solar farm request delayed |

Second solar farm request delayed

A Google map showing the Minden Gardnerville Sanitation District pond with the proposed solar farm imposed on it.


What: Douglas County Planning Commission

When: 1 p.m. Tuesday

Where: 1616 Eighth St., Minden

Minden, Nev. — A request for a permit to place a solar farm behind the Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District pond along Muller Lane has been delayed due to a noticing error.

Planner Hope Sullivan said the noticing issue came to light on Friday afternoon.

Two neighbors commented on the farm at Tuesday’s Douglas County Planning Commission during public comment at the beginning of the meeting.

The proposal by Greenstone Renewables is to place solar panels on 210 acres of Park Ranch land located north of the sewer pond.

The solar plant extends north to within a half-mile of Genoa Lane, prompting the applicant to include a plan to landscape the northern boundary.

Douglas County altered its code last year to allow solar farms as a primary use on agricultural, light industrial and large residential parcels as long as there was a minimum acreage. Solar panels have been allowed as a secondary use in Douglas County for many years.

Last week, a permit for a solar farm proposed on residential-zoned Bently land off East Valley Road was rejected by commissioners, who said it was not compatible with the neighborhood.

The proposal is for a utility scale solar plant that can produce up to 40 megawatts. The site adjoins an NV Energy electrical substation.

Neighbor Steve Walker said the project is only 100 feet from his property line.

“This is an incompatible use,” he said. “It’s an industrial use on agricultural land.”

Walker likened the project to mechanical vineyards. He urged the county to change the ordinance that allows solar farms on agricultural land.

Neighbor Russell Byington said he owned land next to the farm and that he’s fine with the use.

“I don’t believe we should be telling people what they can do with their property,” he said. “I’m going to be impacted, and I don’t have a problem with it.”

The request is expected to return to April’s planning commission.