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Solar farms will be part of landscape

It may not be too long before some of Carson Valley's largest landowners are reaping electrons after the sowing seeds this year down on the solar farms.

Despite last week's setback for the Bently project, we get the feeling that it will be back, hopefully in a location more acceptable to neighbors.

A second solar farm is in the works on Park Cattle Land between Muller and Genoa lanes.

Since its nearest neighbors are the Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District pond and an electrical substation, that might generate less heat and more electricity.

Both Genoa Lane and Highway 395 are a half-mile from the facility. There is a neighboring family who feels their well might be affected by a change in irrigation on the property, but both the applicant and the landowner say they plan to continue irrigation in the area.

When Douglas County approved solar power generation as a primary use last year, the Park project was pretty close to what commissioners envisioned.

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Residents in Carson Valley have taken advantage of solar power for millennia by living off the produce of the land.

From the Washoe harvesting piñon pine nuts and reeds for baskets to the early settlers growing crops to feed their families and generating the wealth that built these communities, the sun was the primary fuel source here for all but the last 15 decades.

We wish that we could generate electricity by growing hay and grain, but so far that's eluded us.

The future requires that we find room for this sort of power generation, and it's way easier on the neighbors than a coal plant.