Anderson explained that she is not against renewable energy but believes reasonable rules should be in place to protect the people living nearby. One of her concerns is possible storm damage to the solar panels, which actually happened in the 2015 tornado that hit Woodhaven Lakes. She said a solar farm that was located in the area was destroyed in the storm and three years later, the damaged solar panels are still laying where the wind blew them.
For now, she and the neighboring property owners are determined to keep fighting. Anderson said she was especially impressed by one of her neighbors, who at the age of 90 is very concerned about the issue and has attended all the meetings and hearings with her daughter. “I was so proud of her Wednesday night for being wide awake the whole time even though we were there until midnight,” Anderson commented following the Oct. 17 hearing.
In addition to attending meetings and hearings where local residents could voice the reasons for their opposition, the property owners have drawn up a list of their objections. They include:
* Too close to the City of Mendota and so many residents.
* NextEra-DG Illinois Solar, LLC has proven NOT to be a good neighbor to adjoining property owners, and the landowners over the past 90 days. (This is #4 on the LaSalle County Solar Farm Guidelines.)
* Chad Wixom and Mark Wixom, owners of the farm land, have expressed their desire to end their relationship with NextEra regarding Parcel #2 due to the strong opposition by neighbors and Mendota citizens.
* NextEra, in August 2018, received a cease and desist order by Oklahoma State Officials. The county should do a complete background check on this company.
* There is EVIDENCE of all residential property in this area seeing DECREASED property value because of the proximity of this proposed solar farm petition so close to the City of Mendota.
* Solar farm plants have their place over landfills, hazardous land, unproductive agricultural land, and should be 1,000 feet from residential property lines so as not to affect drainage and the decrease in property value.
* Solar farm plants do not belong near city limits, in a residential area, and where there is strong opposition by its citizens.
* Do not sacrifice our good farm fields for the next 20 to 30 years in return for a few megawatts of renewable energy.