I was contacted about solar power today and was hoping someone on the list might be able to answer a few questions, as I'm definitely not the right person to ask. These questions comes from a staffer in the local/regional planning council who is updating land regulations but before she can do it needs some information, which can't seem to be located anywhere!
She noted that, in order for a solar power plant to be erected within an area zoned agriculture-1 or agriculture-2 certain land development regulations must be met. In order to inform what land regulations are appropriate for solar power plants the following information is required:
1. Standard Dimensions for Solar Panels (according to watts).
2. Standard height required for solar panels when mounted.
3. Does landscape buffering (trees, shrubs) disrupt solar power generation?
4. How far must buffering be from panels to maintain generation?
5. Must panels be distanced a certain length from each other?
6. Is there a minimum lot area for solar power plants?
In advance, thanks to all those who can help!
Patrick T. Heck
SNRE, Research and Outreach/Extension Office
1053 McCarty Hall D
Phone (352) 392-7622
Fax (352) 846-2856
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