Solar facility proposed for Gloucester
Strata Solar, LLC. has filed an application with Gloucester County to develop a solar energy facility on Route 14 near Toddsbury Lane.
Strata will hold a public meeting to discuss its project at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Gloucester Library in Main Street Center. The Gloucester County Planning Commission is expected to hold a public hearing on Strata’s conditional use permit request on March 2 in the colonial courthouse.
Strata has applied to build the solar facility on an approximately 203-acre site that it plans to lease heading east on Route 14 starting at Toddsbury Lane.
A CUP is needed for a utility grade solar facility, which is the largest of three sizes permitted in the county, according to Sean McNash of the Gloucester County Planning Office. Strata plans to build a 20-megawatt collection facility on property zoned Rural Conservation (RC-2).
McNash said Strata’s plans call for 66,000 photovoltaic panels to be erected on 900 racks. Each rack will pivot during the day to collect the sun’s rays to convert to energy for the electrical grid. The solar farm will be surrounded by fencing and shrubbery.
The Strata project will power the equivalent of 5,000 households, McNash said of the company’s plans.
Roger G. Bowers, a Richmond attorney representing Strata for the Gloucester project, said he is not sure if Strata has other Virginia projects. A Strata official could not be reached for comment last week.
The racks will be placed 10-12 feet apart to maximize solar collection by reducing chance of shadows, Bowers said.
Earlier, Bowers represented another client with interest in possibly placing a solar farm here. However, that client never chose to follow through on developing a Gloucester project.