Dobson: Summit Cove solar flare-up due to lack of notification
August 6, 2013
Flare-up over lack of notification
As one of many homeowners in Summit Cove whose home used to look out over Soda Creek meadow and wetlands and now looks out over an industrial array of solar panels, I want to share my disappointment at the school district's lack of common sense and disregard for our neighborhood.
I take issue with the district's claims that homeowners were properly notified of the massive solar "garden" being installed in the meadow and wetlands. The fact that the vast majority of homeowners in this neighborhood had no idea these structures (over 1,194 feet in total width) were planned, is a clear indication that the district failed at proper communication.
The district claims we were notified through Summit Daily news articles, text messages and parent newsletters. I've gone back and read the articles referenced as well as the text messages. There is no mention (notification) of putting panels in the meadow or of the size, magnitude and invasiveness of this "garden." I found a statement that mentions that the SCE site would be the most visible, with two ground mounts and panels on the roof. I question that the average person would ever envision that one ground mount was going to be roughly the size of a football field.
The school district held three meetings for public comment and very few people attended. I would contend that the lack of attendance at these meetings was due, not to apathy or overwhelming approval of this project, but the lack of communication on the school districts part to inform our neighborhood of the true nature of the project.
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