Douglas County commissioners will hold a work session and a special Saturday meeting this spring to discuss a permit for a massive solar farm north of Lawrence.
Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission members voted on a 4-4 tie to recommend denial of a permit for a massive solar farm north of Lawrence after a meeting that stretched hours into early Tuesday morning.
Planning commissioners on Monday will consider whether to recommend approval of a permit for an approximately 604-acre commercial solar farm across three parcels of land north of Lawrence.
”We encourage the planning commission to recommend the utility-scale solar Kansas Sky Energy Project to the Douglas County Commission,” writes Carol Williamson, president of the League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County.
A renewable energy pessimist urged a special legislative committee to build support for changing Kansas law to tip the scale in favor of property owners opposed to development of wind and solar generation projects and electricity transmission lines.
More than 100 people lined all four street corners outside of Lawrence City Hall Tuesday to rally for clean energy usage and push Evergy to close their coal-fired power plant.
The Lawrence school board on Monday will vote on the district’s final 2023-24 budget, which would increase property taxes, and hear a proposal for a solar energy project.
Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday will consider approving permits for NextEra Energy Resources to conduct testing related to the West Gardner Solar project.
Lawrence school board members on Monday will meet early to learn about adopting solar energy technology. They will also hear an equity update report on chronic absenteeism, behavioral issues and academic achievement among students.
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