GLADYS — The Campbell County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a fourth solar farm project in Campbell County last week. It is expected to cover about half of a 1,000-acre total series of parcels off Brookneal Highway and Mollies Creek Road in the Gladys community. Officials say it could provide 180 full-time jobs during construction, starting in 2021.

Campbell County Community Development Director Paul Harvey acknowledged Thursday that there had been some concerns from the planning commission about the proximity of the solar farm to the Brookneal-Campbell County County Airport — it would be directly adjacent to the airport — but a glare study indicated there shouldn't be any issues. He said a final study will be conducted to double-check the earlier study’s finding.

Harvey said it takes about a year after project approval to start seeing construction on solar farm projects.

The solar farm request came from Pigeon Run Solar LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Irvine, Calif.-based Hanwha Energy USA Holdings Corporation. The amount of energy generated over a year at the 60-megawatt facility would be enough to power about 13,000 single-family homes, according to Project Manager Charlie Falter, who spoke at the Jan. 7 supervisors meeting. It will use 282,000 photovoltaic solar panels on single axis trackers to follow the sun throughout the day, according to a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality notice. It will connect to Dominion Virginia’s power grid.

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