Solar farm moratorium extended another 6 months in Wichita, Kansas

A solar farm in Pratt, Kansas.



County Commissioners in Wichita, Kansas have extended their temporary ban on new commercial solar farms.

They originally created a six-month ban on energy projects last September to give them time to revise rules for commercial solar farms. One of the latest proposed farms was a 103-megawatt farm called thee Chisholm Trail Solar Energy Center between the Sedgwick County towns of Colwich and Maize.

Instead of voting on more stringent new regulations covering solar farms, the county commissoners agreed to extend their moratorium.

According to KMUW Public Radio, the action was not well received by Invenergy, a company developing a solar farm in west Sedgwick County.

“Today’s actions by the Sedgwick County Board of County Commissioners replicates earlier efforts and essentially ignores the research, community feedback and recommendations of these groups, further delaying the positive economic impacts solar projects will bring to local landowners and communities,” the company wrote in a statement to KMUW.

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