Currituck County imposes 2-month moratorium on solar farms

CURRITUCK, N.C. (AP) - Currituck County officials are putting the brakes on solar farms after residents complained about 2,000-acre site being constructed in Moyock.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Currituck County commissioners voted last week to impose a two-month moratorium on solar farms.

Currituck has approved two solar farms, the one in Moyock and another in Shawboro. Commissioners last year denied a permit for a third in Grandy. A court hearing was held last month on the company's appeal.

Solar farm opponents cite concerns about property values, drainage and a loss of farmland.

The Solar Energy Industries Association says the $250 million project in Moyock, called Wildwood Solar, could generate enough power for more than 10,000 homes and will be the largest east of the Mississippi.

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