Sumter County weighing options on solar farm

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AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) – Some residents are opposing a $500 million solar farm in southwest Georgia that would be one of the nation’s largest.

Sumter County commissioners held a hearing Tuesday on whether to grant zoning approvals for Americus Solar LLC. The company is a subsidiary of Chicago-based Invinergy.

Some opponents say the solar farm will hurt property values, harm wildlife and take too much land away from farming uses. The company would cover much of 9,700 acres (3,926 hectares) in solar panels, although it says it’s still evaluating how big a solar farm to build.

The company says it will pay $35 million in yearly property taxes and employ 500 people during construction. It also says the project will help rebuild worn-out farmland.

The installation would generate 1,115 megawatts of electricity.

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