By Paul Quigg, columnist
Whew, we finally have an industrial solar ordinance. The frustrating years of struggle, the time, the expense, the energy, at last, it’s done.
Personally, I do not believe that industrial solar is compatible with the many special environments that are present in Page County. I have not made an effort to see how feasible industrial solar will be under the new conditions and we will just have to wait and see if we get some new applications. I think the new ordinance conditions will make it pretty difficult to consolidate enough parcels to justify an application.
A special thanks must go out to the many local citizens who contributed so much of their time to complete this work. There are too many to name here, but most of my time was spent working with Beth Snider and Cathy Grech. At times, it must have felt like a full-time job. Beth’s research skills and Cathy’s legal knowledge powered the citizens’ response, which made the final ordinance possible. There is no way they can be adequately recognized for the time and effort they provided. There are others that I did not spend a whole lot of time with who contributed many hours.
Now we must wait and see what the future holds for industrial solar in Page County. The solar contribution of less than one and one-half percent of our global energy needs is not an encouraging indicator for the future of this complicated source of energy.
Mr. Quigg, a University of Virginia graduate and resident of Luray, has practiced architecture in the Mid-Atlantic region since 1962. As a lifelong environmentalist, in the 70’s he was appalled at the polluted air and water and has dedicated much of his time since in studying and commenting on the environment. He has been published in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and other publications.