Johnson County advances first-ever solar farm rules, leaving both supporters and opponents upset

Johnson County solar farm

The Johnson County Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a set of regulations governing utility-scale solar farms, the first of their kind in county history. Supporters of a proposed solar farm project outside Gardner say the new regulations are too restrictive, while opponents of the project are angry any allowances have been given at all. Image of solar array used on Creative Commons license.

The Johnson County Planning Commission on Tuesday approved regulations that have been dubbed some of the most restrictive in the country for solar-generated electricity farms, pleasing just about none of the spectators at the two-hour meeting.

Supporters of the proposed solar farm said the rules were a disappointment and “not our desired result,” while opponents expressed anger that any arrays of the photovoltaic panels would be allowed at all in the unincorporated western part of the county.