A solar farm at Camp Southern Ground is much closer to powering up following Thursday night’s Fayette County Board of Commissioners meeting. The Board unanimously approved a request to revise the camp’s development plan that will remove the planned equestrian center and replace it with a solar farm.
The approval was the continuation of the plan first broached with the county some six months ago when they gave the thumbs-up to a zoning ordinance amendment needed to put a solar farm within their zoning district.
Ben Ferguson spoke on behalf of Camp Southern Ground.
“This will really help us reduce our ongoing and perpetual energy costs,” said Ferguson, assuring that the buffer between the camp and surrounding houses would not be disturbed. They have roughly 16 acres allotted for the project, but will likely only need 5 acres.
Camp Southern Ground, founded by Grammy Award-winning singer Zac Brown, is aiming to be powered entirely through solar power. At the May meeting, it was noted the camp would still be hooked up to the power grid, and any surplus power the camp produces would go into the grid, allowing the camp to receive credit for what it puts in.
Commissioner David Barlow expressed great enthusiasm for the camp, especially after having toured their dining hall and seeing their commitment to excellence for himself.
“Everything that was specified out there was over and above what is considered to be just standard,” Barlow said, noting that he had talked to inspectors regarding the dining hall and it had exceeded requirements by two or three times what is acceptable. “Zac Brown never does anything halfway. If you fellas are going to be putting in a solar farm, I’m expecting it to be something way out there.”