Mendon delays solar panel ordinance decision

Mendon Township Board of Trustees has postponed for at least a month whether to approve a potential ordinance regarding solar panels.

The five-member board agreed Tuesday to continue reviewing the proposed ordinance that was recommended by its planning commission last week. The township board concurred it will revisit the issue at its April meeting.

If approved, the ordinance could pave the way for Geronimo Energy of Minnesota to construct its proposed White Pine Solar project, slated for a 200-acre area on the north side of Prairie Corners Road at Bucknell Road.

Township board member Jim Hart said a delay is the most prudent course of action at this point.

Toward the conclusion of the meeting, Hart elaborated on the issue and said there are a number of people who have committed an abundance of time to ensure the proposed ordinance is as strong as it can be in the township’s favor.

The proposed ordinance in its current form gives Mendon Township the ability to have a say in regulation when it comes to larger solar facilities and the permit process, Hart said.

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