American Battlefield Trust Report: Will our history be preserved?
American Battlefield Trust, Cultural Heritage Partners,and Preservation Virginia have teamed up to draw the line, before industrial-scale solar destroys our history.
The report highlights the work of Citizens for Responsible Solar whose opposition to Cricket Solar’s application to destroy 1,600 acres of historic agricultural land contributed to their withdrawal.
Key findings include:
Solar developers should place solar responsibly: "locating utility-scale solar facilities on greyfield or brownfield land— or co-locating solar with existing urban uses, such as on rooftops or parking lots—provides the best opportunity for avoiding conflicts over greenfield land use and requires no additional land development."
Solar developers should engage in “early planning and consultation to avoid harm to historic resources and rural areas.”
Counties should develop a stringent solar ordinance to protect the historic rural land because “clear rules and guidelines in place facilitates the advancement of appropriate and mutually agreeable projects.”