Solar farm near historic bird sanctuary in Kansas has opponents

Cheyenne Bottoms | GeoKansas


Plans by a Spanish company to build a large solar farm around the historic Cheyenne Bottoms in central Kansas have run into some opposition.

Cheyenne Bottoms is described as the largest marsh in the interior of the U.S. as well as the most important shorebird migration point in the western hemisphere. It’s estimated 45% of the North American shorebird population stops at the Bottoms during spring migration.

it is also where Acciona Energy USA, a subsidiary of Acciona Energy based in Madrid, Spain wants to develop a large solar farm on land bordering Cheyenne Bottoms.

Freelance writer Shawna Bethell recently posted her critical thoughts in the Kansas Reflector about why the project should not be allowed. In it, she said a refuge for wildlife in Kansas is no place for a large-scale solar project.

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