Tazewell Board of Supervisors approve siting agreement for solar farm

Feb. 13—By GREG JORDAN

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

TAZEWELL, Va. — A solar project anticipated to bring Tazewell County over $100,000 a year in tax revenues after it is constructed was recently approved by the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors.

In August 2023, the town of Tazewell, Va. started looking at the possibility of future solar farms coming to the area. Now the county is looking at a solar farm which could start going up late next year.

During their regular meeting Feb. 6, the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a siting agreement with the Energix company for a proposed solar farm north of the Town of Tazewell near Cavitt's Creek Park, County Administrator Eric Young said Monday.

After considering public comments, comments from Energix, comments from the owner of the property where the proposed project would be located, and several environmental impact studies of solar farms generally, the board approved the agreement, Young said.

Factors such as keeping the solar farm out of sight and what will happen to the solar farm's panels if it closes are part of the agreement.

The agreement provides for set-backs from property boundaries, vegetative barriers and fencing to shield the project from view, and a bond to be posted to pay for removing the panels once the farm is no longer in service, among other requirements to which Energix agreed, Young said.

At the same meeting the board of supervisors approved a solar ordinance which would affect future solar farm projects and impose most of the same restrictions on those future projects as the siting agreement imposes on Energix.

The solar ordinance also was approved unanimously, Young said.

The Energix project is anticipated to begin construction in late 2025, he added. Tazewell County anticipates over $100,000 per year in tax revenue from the project's first phase.

— Managing Editor Charles Owens contributed to this story.

Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com