Denton solar farm will help U.S. energy independence, local taxpayers

Surging oil and gas prices and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of democratic Ukraine have reminded us all of the vital importance of American energy independence.

My organization, Conservatives for Clean Energy, is glad to see projects proposed in Davidson County that will boost energy production and affordability in North Carolina without polluting the air we breathe or the water we drink, while adding to the local tax base.

For example, Cypress Creek Renewables, a North Carolina company, plans to build a $104 million solar facility on 450 acres south of Denton, as The Dispatch has reported. Once up and running, the 80-megawatt facility will generate enough clean energy, delivered via Duke Energy, to power about 16,000 homes. In response to feedback at a recent public open house, company officials plan to increase buffers and shift a planned substation farther from existing homes.

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