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Solar developers are notorious for aggressive tactics. Culpeper citizens are not opposed to utility-scale solar, but it does not belong on rural-agricultural land. The Board of Supervisors already denied Maroon Solar’s application. Now they’re back and trying to bribe the county by doubling the siting agreement payment to $4M. The loss of timberland and our rural community isn’t worth the price....View full email delivered July 28, 2022.

Solar requires 10x the materials, and even more than that of minerals to deliver the same amount of energy as natural gas. If you care about the environment, then you’ll agree that utility-scale solar should be used responsibly with consideration of other energy sources and not on rural farmland....View full email delivered July 21, 2022.

Susan Ralston (Citizens for Responsible Solar), Kristopher Boushie (Responsible Renewable Energy), and Sean Fogarty (Concerned Citizens of Spotsylvania), met virtually with Andrew Wheeler, Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s senior advisor.  It was a productive first meeting to discuss rural communities in Virginia who are threatened by unwanted solar development on rural-agricultural land...View full email delivered May 26, 2022.

As stated, "In the U.S recycling rules are set by individual states" and it's important your county and citizens don't get stuck with a landslide of waste and the cost of recycling...View full email delivered May 19, 2022.

Agricultural land should not be rezoned for data centers or solar plants. Big Tech is fueling the destruction of rural-agricultural land through data centers and transmission lines...View full email delivered May 12, 2022.

Industrial development (data centers and utility-scale solar) belongs on industrial-zoned land, not rural-agricultural land. Proper zoning exists for a reason, and it's only fair that zoning be respected....View full email delivered May 10, 2022.

As quoted in the article: 

Virginia, like other states, has wide-ranging stormwater rules for new development because of the impact runoff from sites can have on erosion and water quality. On Friday, DEQ spokesperson Greg Bilyeu said in an email that the previous administration of Gov. Ralph Northam had “ignored existing stormwater management regulations” and that “in their efforts to prioritize solar project development, they ignored concerns that have continued to be raised by local officials and key stakeholders.

...View full email delivered April 19, 2022.

Read the latest example of industry's hardball tactics to force unwanted renewable projects on rural communities. In Madison County, Iowa, the renewable developer stands to collect about $81 million in federal tax credits. Despite the majority of citizens not wanting the project, there’s too much money at stake and elected officials have caved. “It doesn’t matter if they tear a county apart if there’s money involved.”...View full email delivered March 31, 2022.

Responsible solar would utilize commercial rooftops and covered parking lots for solar panels, instead of rural farm land. Leveraging the full rooftop solar potential of superstores would generate enough electricity to power nearly 8 million average homes....View full email delivered March 24, 2022.

Europe’s over-investment in unreliable solar and wind has resulted in an energy crisis that leaves the continent vulnerable to both Putin and the weather. In its rush to eliminate fossil fuels and nuclear power, Europe is now severely restricted in responding to Russian aggression in Ukraine and Europe’s limited supply of 100% reliable energy has caused fast rising fuel prices....View full email delivered March 17th, 2022.

Both data centers and utility-scale solar belong on industrial-zoned land. Data centers rely on fossil fuels to provide 24/7 reliable electricity and can only claim to be powered by renewable energy by buying RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates). Claims of being “green” are misleading...View full email delivered March 8 2022.

Citizens For Responsible Solar is tracking the successful rejection and restriction of utility-scale solar projects on agricultural land. We advocate for policies that protect rural communities. Destroying farm and timberland is NOT green. Share your success story with us...View full email delivered February 1, 2022.

Massachusetts is paving the way for responsible solar innovation, and is making headlines for doing solar right on industrial building roofs, parking lots and highways. There is a place for utility-scale solar, but not on agricultural land...View full email delivered January 28, 2022.

In response to the alarming amount of farmland being targeted by solar developers, Susan was invited to speak with the The Virginia Cattlemen’s Association as part of a webinar series for cattle producers. Susan was asked to cover “What you need to know about solar projects.” She highlighted the concerns of rural landowners and farmers across the country over aggressive solar development and the need to protect farm and timber land...View full email delivered January 27, 2022.

The tide is turning against those pushing an over-reliance on solar and wind which has damaging consequences on the economy, society and the environment...View full email delivered December 10, 2021.

Axton in Henry County, Virginia and Linn County, Iowa deny solar project proposals.  Lee Clark, Henry County’s director of planning, zoning and inspections said “For me it’s about the appropriateness of land use."  County officials are listening to the organized opposition at public hearings and rejecting solar on agricultural land...View full email delivered December 10, 2021.

ince 2018, Culpeper citizens have opposed 4 industrial-scale solar projects on agricultural land: Troilio, Greenwood, Cricket and Maroon.  Finally, the citizens were heard, and the planning commission did the right thing for the community by approving a draft ordinance that restricts utility-scale solar to industrial-zoned land. The solar ordinance will now go to the Board of Supervisors for the final approval...View full email delivered November 19, 2021.

Susan spoke to Young Farmers and addressed their concerns about the tens of thousands of acres of farmland that are being taken out of agricultural use for solar power plants. We need to protect farmland from destruction. Destroying rural land is not green....View full email delivered November 4, 2021.

U.K. electricity prices were almost seven times as high as at the same point in 2020. "The price surge shows the need to have backup power supplies for moments when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine, said Mark Dickinson, chief executive of Inspired PLC."...View full email delivered October 21, 2021.

As citizens united, we can do even more, and expose the truth about how the irresponsible siting of industrial-scale solar on rural-agricultural land is negatively impacting the environment, how the ethics of local officials are in question, how citizens’ rights are being impeded, and the true motivations of solar developers...View full email delivered October 20, 2021.

The threat of industrial-scale solar to rural land is real. Solar developers will fail to fulfill their commitments and the damage to the environment from erosion, high levels of sediment and polluted runoff can be devastating...View full email delivered October 14, 2021.

A new video showcases how industrial-scale solar can easily lead to an environmental disaster and what a community is up against when things go wrong...View full email delivered October 12, 2021.

Despite spending 500B euros and expanding solar capacity 100x, Germany has failed to reach its renewable energy goals...View full email delivered October 7, 2021.

Rural counties are trying to strike a balance between the demand for renewable energy and the desire to preserve farmland, historic sites and open spaces...View full email delivered October 1, 2021.

The Forbes article highlights the surging community opposition to industrial renewable energy projects...View full email delivered September 28, 2021.

How is this "green"? Through our resources, we are shining a light on the devastating impact of industrial-scale solar on communities and the environment...View full email delivered September 23, 2021.

The loss of historic-rural land to industrial-scale solar is irreversible. Counties that have allowed inappropriate solar have "Lots of regrets now.” Read about Citizens for Responsible Solar’s role in the battle to preserve Virginia’s historic land...View full email delivered August 13, 2021.

Solar panel installations are surging in the U.S. and Europe as Western countries seek to cut their reliance on fossil fuels. But the West faces a conundrum as it installs panels on small rooftops and in sprawling desert arrays: Most of them are produced with energy from carbon-dioxide-belching, coal-burning plants in China...View full email delivered August 5, 2021.

Counties need to be very careful. Once the door is opened and a solar project is approved, a precedent is set that could leave the county vulnerable to lawsuits if they try to deny other projects. The finer detail of your solar ordinance is your protection from a lawsuit...View full email delivered July 15, 2021.

There is no national recycling plan for the millions of tons of solar panels (electronic waste, including non-recyclable materials, and toxic heavy metals, such as lead) when solar...View full email delivered July 1, 2021.

The Harvard Business Review (HBR) published study "The Dark side of Solar Power" states: "some governments may classify solar panels as hazardous waste," solar panels will create 50x more waste and cost 4x more than predicted. HBR also shines a light on the low cost of solar panels being derived from Chinese manufacturing’s questionable labor practices (the Chinese solar panel industry has been scrutinized for inhuman conditions relating to Uyghur forced labor)...View full email delivered June 23, 2021.

At its meeting on May 11, the Bedford Town Board voted to follow the planning board’s recommendation and reject a petition for a proposed solar farm zoning code amendment. Wise elected officials side with the community and reject solar developer’s self-serving zoning amendment...View full email delivered July 1, 2021.

The "Not In Our Backyard" report is a must-read. The last paragraph of the Executive Summary states: "Finally, this report documents the widespread resistance to the encroachment of large-scale renewable projects by landowners and local governments across rural America...View full email delivered June 3, 2021.

More citizens and elected officials are beginning to recognize the pitfalls of industrial-scale solar on rural land, and are denying irresponsible solar applications...View full email delivered May 20, 2021.

On May 4th, the Culpeper Board of Supervisors listened to the citizens and unanimously denied the inappropriate industrial-scale solar plant proposed on rural-agricultural land...View full email delivered May 14, 2021.

We can devise a plan to reduce carbon emissions to help climate change. Destroying rural-agricultural land on such a mass scale through developing large utility scale industrial solar plants is not the answer...View full email delivered May 3, 2021.

‘Bright Green Lies’ Documentary: Exposing the Illusions of Green Technology in Stark Detail...View full email delivered April 30, 2021.

Does this look “green” to you? Thousands of acres of rural land have been covered by glass solar panels. The irresponsible siting of industrial-scale solar does not save the planet and does not prevent climate change. Solar developers are taking advantage of rural communities at the expense of the environment, residents, and taxpayers...View full email delivered April 28, 2021.

Te environment needs you. Land is being destroyed on a mass-scale all across the USA...View full email delivered April 22, 2021.

It's irresponsible to cut down trees and destroy rural-agricultural land for solar power plants. Utility-scale solar should be placed responsibly on industrial-zoned land, marginal or contaminated land or on commercial and residential rooftops...View full email delivered April 16, 2021.

If we want to get to zero emissions by 2050, then solar/wind isn't the answer. Solar/wind will cover huge amounts of land (literally destroying the planet) vs. nuclear energy (which produces no C02). Will the USA course-correct itself about solar? Will local county officials do the right thing and protect agricultural land from unnecessary destruction?...View full email delivered July 1, 2021.

Since Citizens for Responsible Solar relaunched last fall, we have been inundated by concerned citizens from across the USA who are joining a national movement to protect their communities against the onslaught of industrial-scale solar on rural land. Elected officials must act in the best interests of their local citizens and the environment...View full email delivered March 4, 2021.

This article sums up what many rural communities are learning...solar, especially on agricultural land, isn't the answer to climate change....View full email delivered February 25 2021.

To survive extreme weather, humans need 100% reliable electricity.“This blizzard proves that during extreme weather in winter, solar panels and wine turbines are of little or no value to the electric grid.”...View full email delivered February 23, 2021.

Wind failed by almost 100%. Renewable energy advocates are trying to shift the blame for Texas power outages away from frozen wind turbines.  The Wall Street Journal sets the record straight. In Texas, wind failed by producing 93% less than normal...View full email delivered January 27, 2021

This week there were 4 million people without power in Texas. Frozen wind turbines = 0% energy.

When the sun isn’t shining, solar = 0% energy. If we want to keep warm and have electricity all of the time, 100% renewable energy is not the answer...View full email delivered February 19, 2021

View 20+ images. There is a place for solar, but cutting down thousands of acres of trees is not green... View full email delivered February 8, 2021

Responsible Solar Requires Local Ordinances. Without a Solar Ordinance, counties are not protected from energy corporations that want to destroy rural land...View full email delivered January 27, 2021

Citizens for Responsible Solar believes in the proper siting of large-scale solar power plants on industrial-zoned land, not destroying thousands of acres of farmland and forests. 3 key solar points from this eye-opening video...View full email delivered January 21, 2021.

Rural communities are being destroyed (forests, farmland and property values devastated) so big corporations can fraudulently claim they’re 100% renewable...View full email delivered January 13, 2021.

Will solar developers change their ways, or continue to disrespect history? American Battlefield Trust, Cultural Heritage Partners,and Preservation Virginia have teamed up to draw the line, before industrial-scale solar destroys our history...View full email delivered December 21, 2020.

Will Culpeper take the lead across the USA in how counties should manage industrial-scale solar on agricultural-rural land, or just become another county dazzled by short-term $ and duped by energy corporations?...View full email delivered December 9, 2020.

orth Carolina’s installed solar power is second only to California’s. Some may cringe at the thought of following California’s energy policy, given the rolling blackouts imposed there. Solar power seemed like an attractive option in 2007, when the Democrat-controlled legislature...View full email delivered November 24, 2020.

It was clear the Planning Commission did their due diligence and took into account the pleas of over 20 citizens who spoke at the meeting and many written objections. On December 1, we will find out if the Board of Supervisors will deny Maroon Solar’s application to develop a 1,700-acre industrial-scale solar power plant on agricultural-rural-historic land. Below are some related new materials citizens across the USA may find helpful for your local talking points...View full email delivered November 19, 2020.

Energy corporations disregard water runoff-ecological concerns, and are willing to pay millions in violations...View full email delivered November 17, 2020.

CAUTION ALERT: Just in, from yesterday's-overnight’s BIG rainfall, which shows more evidence of flooding and why industrial-scale solar doesn’t belong in Culpeper.  There are HUGE water runoff-ecological concerns. Wetlands and waterways that feed into the Rapidan- Chesapeake Bay Watershed risk contamination...View full email delivered November 12, 2020.

Help us protect agricultural-forestry zoned land from large,industrial-scale solar developments. As many of you know, Citizens for Responsible Solar began as a few people from Culpeper, Virginia...View full email delivered November 9, 2020.

Help us protect agricultural-forestry zoned land