Call For Help!
Dominion Virginia Power has filed an application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission to build Virginia's first large-scale solar facility. Unfortunately for all of us, it is on the sporting recreation facility we have all enjoyed for many years known as Shady Grove. We have been served notice to leave that part of the property by October 1, 2015.
The 20-megawatt project will take away the entire 22 station and 5-stand sporting clay course, and 75% of the hunting preserve. It will span from the railroad tracks all the way up to the kennel and down to Lucky Hill Road, so we will lose all hunting fields and up to the tree line at the ponds on that side of the road permanently.
The facility would contain approximately 90,000 photovoltaic panels and at peak capacity would generate enough electricity to only power 5,000 homes.
It will cost an estimated $47 million to build this solar facility which will be paid for by its customers and through a tax incentive of about 65%. Importantly, this project will provide zero jobs (except during construction) and only contribute an estimated $75,000 per year to the Fauquier County tax revenue.
In contrast, Shady Grove benefits the county not only in generating significant revenue for local attractions, hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and patronage of many other local small businesses (i.e., Clark Bros) but also benefits families in many more ways. As an example, Shady Grove hosted the Master National which brought in over $4 Million to the county in just 2 weeks.
Between our sporting clays, hunt tests, flushing dog tests, field trials, training days, group outings, our Annual Dove Hunt, etc. we are proud to host over 1,500 people a year. There is no other facility in the Virginia/ DC Metro area that offers all of this. When this is gone, you lose too.
We are asking everyone two things!!
1.Please write an email within the next few days if you can expressing your opinion to:
and copy ShadyGroveSolar@aol.com.
2.We’re hoping for a large crowd to please join us at the public hearing of the
Fauquier County Planning Commission on
Thursday April 16, 2015 in the
Warren Green Meeting Room, 10 Hotel Street, Warrenton, VA.
The meeting starts at 6:30 PM, but please try to arrive earlier, and parking may be difficult.
For both, say whatever you feel, but two important points are:
1. The importance of preserving land in our county for hunting, shooting and dog sports in Virginia, and;
2. The positive impact your visits have directly on local economy.
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you know that would be affected. We would like to thank everyone for their support; it is truly appreciated more than we can say.
Neil Selby and Leslie Carter
Shady Grove Kennel, Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clays