Lancaster revamps solar facility ordinance

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—After months of additional work, Lancaster County has an updated solar ordinance to address issues associated with numerous proposed small-scale distribution solar projects.

The board of supervisors on Thursday, June 30, unanimously approved the changes they directed the planning commission to revisit. Among them: limiting slopes, increasing setbacks, and holding applicants responsible for added engineering or technical costs associated with an application.

County administrator Don Gill reminded the board that when the ordinance was developed last year, the focus was “mainly to regulate larger utility scale solar projects that connect directly to the transmission line that bisects the county. The board directed the planning commission to draft revisions to address the smaller scale projects that have dominated the applications so far.”

Since the ordinance went into effect in July 2021, the board has approved….

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