Another SunEnergy1 firm seeks permit for Chowan solar farm


By Miles Layton
Chowan Herald

Monday, March 18, 2019

EDENTON — Another SunEnergy1 company is seeking Chowan County’s approval to build a solar farm in the county.

Gliden Solar, a division of SunEnergy1, is seeking a conditional use permit to develop a 5-megawatt solar farm on 414 Sign Pine Road. Gliden is proposing to build the facility on 56 acres of an 82-acre tract owned by Eugene N. Jordan. A farmer, Jordan is also chairman of the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education.

Another SunEnergy1 company has already received a conditional use permit to build a solar farm in Chowan.

In February, county commissioners gave their blessing to Ryland Road Solar’s request for a permit to develop a solar farm at 3448 Virginia Road, north of the Ryland Road intersection in Tyner. Ryland Road Solar is proposing to build the solar farm on 65 acres of an approximately 106-acre tract.

Gliden Solar’s application for the conditional use permit will be reviewed Tuesday by the Chowan Planning Board. The meeting will be held at the Chowan County Public Safety Center at 7 p.m. The Board of Commissioners could discuss the firm’s request at upcoming meetings on either April 15 or May 6.

According to county documents, the Gliden Solar project would be located in an A-1 zoning district where solar farms are permitted with a conditional use permit. Placement of solar panels would meet the county ordinance’s requirements and the height of the project’s equipment would be under the maximum allowed.

In addition, the project would include 100-foot setbacks from all property lines and the parcel being used does not border residential property. Roughly two-thirds of the project is bordered by standing timber, according to county documents.

The developer of the project has also applied for a state stormwater permit and already received a driveway permit from the N.C. Department of Transportation. The solar farm would be accessed from a site at 638 Gliden Road.

The developer has provided the county a third-party decommissioning plan for the project and owners of adjoining properties have been notified of the project by first-class mail.