Saunders County Planning Board votes down solar farm

WAHOO, Neb. -- A little more than a month after residents brought their concerns about a proposed solar farm to a public meeting on the matter, the Saunders County Planning Board voted it down 4-to-2.

Community Energy's proposal for the 500-acre solar site near Yutan would include 183,000 3-foot-by-5-foot solar panels to feed into the OPPD substation located in north Omaha. Developers said the project would bring roughly $385,000 a year in tax revenue.

But residents were skeptical about what might happen to the ag land after this industrial project is over, among other concerns.

The planning board voted four to two not to approve the project. The conditional use permit now moves to the county supervisors, who are set to review the matter May 18th at the Saunders County fairgrounds in Wahoo.