Help us protect agricultural-forestry zoned land from large, industrial-scale solar developments
Solar Toolkit to Help Fellow Citizens for Responsible Solar
Dear Fellow Citizens for Responsible Solar
Have you recently received a letter in your mailbox letting you know of a developer's intention to cover your county's rural-agricultural land with an industrial-scale solar power plant? Or, have you just become aware there is an upcoming vote? We know this can be overwhelming, so we have gathered the below materials to help you.
It is key to raise awareness and educate people in your community about the long-term consequences of industrial solar power plants on your farmland, agricultural land, and forestry land.
By uniting people in your community to express themselves at your local planning board meetings you will be heard, and can impact local decisions to reject these projects.
Don’t give up (you may be lucky and your local community reject the proposals in the first meeting, or you may need to keep momentum going). With time, more people will become aware of issues with industrial solar in rural communities (destroying wildlife habitat, farmlands, forests, families, and homes, simply doesn't make sense) and there are negative impacts of industrial solar from an environmental and climate change perspective.
We Believe 3 Things are Important
Possible Steps and Tactics You Can Take
1. Share the Citizens for Responsible Solar Website
We hope the website contains valuable information to help you and your community.
2. View our Video Hub
Use our Video Hub here to assist with education, and view the videos of the people of Culpeper, to rally people in your community to go to local planning meetings to express their concerns.
3. Start a Local Petition
You can start a free petition using Change Org
View the Culpeper Petition Change.Org Page as an example
4. Gather Letters for Official Submission
Engage with your local environmental organizations-groups, to submit opposing letters (view examples here).
5. View our full Resources Section and Solar Ordinance Page
We have collated information to assist you, inclusive of a solar ordinance resource. To protect your county and its residents, a solar ordinance is an important piece of legislation that clearly outlines the provisions of an acceptable application and the construction of a solar power plant.
6. Local Media (Paper-Publications)
Contact media outlets to share with them your local petition, or reasons/concerns about why industrial-scale solar power plants aren't right for your community. We recommend identifying 1-3 people in your local community to engage with core media publications.
7. View all our Email Communications and List of Articles Collated
We send weekly emails to our community, to share with them the latest in NEW materials and helpful articles. You can signup for new emails at the bottom of our website.
We have collated key articles featured on the Citizens for responsible Solar website and more related articles. You can download the Article Document here and circulate it to people in your community.
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