Six Bulloch County landowners, represented by a company that hopes to construct solar farms similar to one already located in the Hopeulikit community, will seek the rezoning of various properties Thursday.
Representing Paradigm Solar, former Bulloch County resident Linda Strickland Tillinger expects to give a presentation regarding the proposed solar farm sites. She told the Statesboro Herald on Tuesday that the farms will not have a negative impact on the environment, will be quiet and will benefit many who could save money if they obtain electricity through companies using solar power.
Two of the proposed sites are in Hopeulikit. Paradigm Solar is not affiliated with the company that owns the existing solar farm on Highway 80 in that community. Another proposed site is on Rocky Ford Road, and three others are on Lawrence Church Road.
Planning and Zoning Commission Director Randy Newman said that Connie Mathis and Ben Grayson Ellis are the property owners of parcels in Hopeulikit. Dan Vickery owns the property on Rocky Ford Road, and the Lawrence Church Road landowners are John Strickland, Annette Goodrich and Terrell Parrish.
The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting is open to the public. Anyone who wishes to speak in favor or opposition of a rezoning request must sign up before the meeting, which is slated for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bulloch County Annex.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.