Last night, a community meeting was held for a special use permit for a 60-acre utility-scale solar facility near Batesville. Sun Tribe Solar is applying for the 8-megawatt project on behalf of the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, which purchased the property last year. Supervisors updated the zoning code to allow such facilities with a special use permit.
Bobby Jocz is a permitting lead with Sun Tribe Solar.
“Once the life of this facility is complete, the site will be restored to its original condition,” Jocz said.
Neighbors had the opportunity to ask questions about the project. Paul Miller is a resident of Craigs Store Road, where the site would be located.
The Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners held their final meeting before groundbreaking will take place for the first new public housing units to be built in a generation.
Jay Kessler has been working as the project manager on behalf of the CRHA in a position known as “owner’s representative.” Riverbend Development is the private partner under an LLC called the Affordable Housing Group.
“And in this case, the owner is different than my normal clients because it really is AHG, it’s CRHA, and it’s PHAR,” Kessler said. “Owners have a significant role to play in the success of their design and construction projects. I bring a 35-year construction background.”