My family has been at May’s Lick for many generations. I live on my family farm and love living in the countryside and in Mason County. There have been recent editorials and opinions on social media about solar power that are disheartening. This community must continue to prosper, grow and prosper. We have lost so many industries, retail businesses and people, and without a growth strategy, we will continue to decline.
Every person in the United States has the right, by our constitution, to free speech, the pursuit of happiness, and, as a democratic nation, to earn an income. This is why our nation is so beautiful for people living outside our borders.
A new public service took an interest in our region. – “Solar” – It will help generate new revenue for the county and the state. The revenues projected by the PVA are quite substantial. I urge other readers to learn more about solar energy and what it can do for our community. A local citizen and neighbor started a website called marshallsolar.com. Please have a look at the extraordinary amount of information available on solar from all over the United States. He did a great job putting a lot of stuff together on one website.
My family and I, as landowners, are planning to lease our land to cultivate the sun. It’s our property, it’s our purpose, and WE are free to make choices that benefit us. We are not opposed to logical and reasonable regulations that protect my neighbors as long as they do not kill the project.
Our choice also benefits the county.
The land we own is not cultivable by me, and my grandfather said to me, “Never let go of the land. It is our most precious possession. We praise him. We are not going to let go. The land will still be there after the end of the lease; it will still be usable. We can use what tenants are not using for farming purposes.
We will make a profit; we will not get rich, but we will also help our county to prosper. We see this as a good thing, and we think it is disgracefully selfish of people trying to scare people away with words like “you are losing control”, it is catastrophic and it is apocalyptic. It’s none of those things. These people are trying to instill mistrust and fear into a project that can really help us improve our country, and you want to know why? Because they don’t want to look at the signs.
Just to give everyone a little education I want to provide some facts,
– The 10,000 acres “proposed” by several companies represent less than 5% of the total arable land in Mason County.
– The companies that have committed to leasing the land have not yet decided whether it will be a solar farm. There are a lot of things they should look for first. Some of this research is ongoing, but much is yet to come.
– Most people will not see solar panels. You’ll have to drive to look for these signs, and on my farm, unless you’re standing behind my house, you probably won’t see them.
– These people who sound the alarm bells scare people who really don’t know anything about solar energy.
– Today there are many scientific articles on panel safety; for those who continue to incite fear, a lot has changed since 1975. There are articles on regulation under the EPA, and the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate solar energy.
—There are also many independent research projects conducted by recognized and accredited universities describing the safety around the disposal of signs once they have reached their limits of use. I would ask people to read this information before believing the confusing “scary” statements.
– The sky is not falling.
– The world is not flat.
There may be a few in this country who want “less” energy, however, the vast majority will want and need more. (The population continues to grow, the energy requirements will continue to grow.)
We take the opportunity to meet demand to help provide energy. If we choose to lease our land, and it can help harvest that energy, it is our legal right to use it. My grandfather cultivated my land, my father still cultivates the land, but we have to run it like a business to survive today. Gone are the profits from dairy products, tobacco and certain other crops. Do readers realize the government is paying farmers not to farm? Our goal is to keep the farm usable, and in the family, for generations to come.
When fossil fuels are reduced again and businesses need energy, we want Mason County to be there to meet the demand and benefit from the income and power that solar will provide.