As proposals for solar arrays have become more common over the past several years, McLeod County commissioners have been forced to grapple with a common concern among many proposed sites: They would stop production on high-quality farmland.

During a discussion regarding a conditional-use permit for a solar array that was denied in March, Board Vice Chair Paul Wright made a note of how weighty the issue of prime farmland is…

“(Our plan) is very similar to the other ones, with one difference,” said David Bergh, a representative of SunShare Community Solar Gardens of Colorado. “We understand the importance of preserving prime ag land in McLeod County.”

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