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Gibson Solar Farm - Commissioners Review Construction Proposal
Indiana Ag Connection - 12/08/2023

Representatives from Arevon shared details about the proposed Gibson Solar Farm's construction timeline with the Gibson County Commissioners. The plan suggests commencing construction by spring 2024.

In a public hearing addressing variances from the county's solar farm and stormwater ordinances, local representative Rick Reed outlined plans for an open house in January. Arevon representatives are set to appear at the Dec. 19 commissioners' meeting to formally request variances and provide comprehensive project insights.

Arevon disclosed that while 1,600 acres are under lease options for the solar farm, the complete acreage won't be utilized for solar arrays.

To ensure compliance with county ordinances, Commissioners requested Arevon to submit their variance request in writing before the Dec. 19 meeting. The county's engineering firm will review this for adherence to solar farm and stormwater drainage ordinances.

The preliminary map of the Gibson solar farm piqued the interest of local landowners, some of whom had inquiries about its impact on land use. Arevon clarified that those without lease options adjacent to the solar arrays retain complete land rights.

Initially proposed further north, the Gibson Solar Farm's boundaries shifted due to zoning variance denials by the City of Princeton, now lying outside the city’s two-mile zoning jurisdiction.

Local residents, like Bob Schmits from Francisco, expressed anticipation but maintained skepticism due to past project shifts. Arevon clarified that despite delays in the Elliott Farm project near Francisco, the Gibson Solar Farm remains under their management, with development proceeding.


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