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Tuesday January 21st, 2020 2:57PM

Georgia county approves zoning for 1,700 acre solar farm

By The Associated Press

QUITMAN, Ga. (AP) — County commissioners in rural south Georgia are allowing a proposed solar farm to move forward.

WALB-TV reports commissioners in Brooks County have unanimously approved a special zoning exception for NextEra Energy to build a solar project on 1,700 acres (6.8 sq. kilometers) near Quitman. It would be the company's second solar farm in Brooks County.

NextEra is already building a separate solar project on 12,000 acres (48.5 sq. kilometers) that's expected to come online by the end of this year.

About 50 residents turned out Monday for a public hearing on the second project, some of them saying they're concerned about impacts on wildlife and the environment.

The Brooks County Development Authority is supporting the new proposal, saying it would bring in $10 million in tax revenue over 30 years.

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Information from: WALB-TV, http://www.walb.com/

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