Rose Gold Solar, LLC is proposing the development of a 150-megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) solar farm on approximately 1,340 acres of farmland located in Jay County, Indiana. The project will connect to AEP’s electric system via the Jay Substation, just to the east of the City of Dunkirk commercial development.
The solar farm will be developed, owned and operated by Rose Gold Solar, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC, a portfolio company of OMERS Infrastructure. Rose Gold Solar is expected to operate for 30+ years, providing significant direct and induced economic investment to the community, an influx of construction jobs, a substantial property tax revenue for the County and schools, and will generate emission-free renewable energy, helping the State of Indiana meet its clean energy goals.
Rose Gold Solar has submitted an application for zoning approval and if approved, would begin construction as early as the beginning of 2022. The Project is expected to begin operating by late 2023, or 2024, pending necessary review and approvals.
As a member of Jay County, Rose Gold Solar has begun outreach to the local community to introduce the solar farm and gather feedback to help inform the final design and operation of the Project. A community open house was held in Dunkirk on July 19 where the public and other interested parties had an opportunity to learn more about the Project, have their questions answered, and provide feedback. Rose Gold Solar has considered and incorporated feedback from the community into the Solar Farm Energy System Development Plan application package. This Development Plan has been submitted to Jay County Planning and Zoning for review and approval to construct and operate the Project. The community will continue to have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback by contacting the Rose Gold Project team at any time. Contact information can be found via the Contact Us tab at the top of this website.
THE Solar farm energy system development plan PROCESS
As part of the development process for the Project, Rose Gold Solar has submitted a Solar Farm Energy System Development Plan application to Jay County. A Solar Farm Development Plan approval is required prior to a company constructing and operating a solar project in Jay County.
The County’s zoning procedures require that any “Solar Farm Energy System” (SFES) defined as a commercial solar facility of greater than 5-acres, apply for and receive Development Plan Approval prior to construction and operation. Rose Gold Solar has submitted an application to the County that identifies the proposed Project Area and proposed use and that complies with the County’s Solar Energy Systems ordinance. Rose Gold Solar has submitted its Development Plan application to the Jay County’s Zoning Administrator for an initial review, which includes all affected County departments. After initial review by the County staff, Rose Gold Solar will then have its petition heard by the County Plan Commission at a public hearing. Rose Gold Solar will notify adjacent residents and property owners, as well as publish notice of the public hearing in a local newspaper not less than sixteen (16) days prior to the public hearing. At the public hearing, any person can provide comments to the Plan Commission on the proposed Project.
Once the hearing is completed, the Hearing Officer will provide their recommendation to the Planning and Zoning Committee. Following the public hearing, the Jay County Plan Commission will make the final decision to grant approval of the petition. Once Development Plan Approval is granted, Rose Gold Solar will apply for an Improvement Location Permit (ILP) through the Jay County Zoning Administrator.
Community Open House
Monday, July 19 2021
6 pm – 8 pm
West Jay Community Center
125 N. Hoover St., Dunkirk, IN
Rose Gold Solar hosted a community open-house on July 19 to introduce the project, answer questions, and gather feedback. Community members were able to review Project details and visual renderings of the Project site, ask questions, and provide feedback directly to the Rose Gold Solar leadership team.
Jay county public hearing
Thursday, September 9 2021
Jay County Courthouse Auditorium 120 N. Court Street, Portland, IN 47371
Rose Gold Solar is scheduled to have its petition for Development Plan Approval considered by the County Plan Commission at a public hearing.
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Our involvement goes well beyond job creation, economic investment, and providing clean, renewable energy. We strive to build lasting partnerships with civic leaders and property owners. Throughout the life of every project, we pride ourselves on being transparent in our communication and highly responsive to public feedback.
And most importantly, we believe being involved means giving back. We get to know our neighbors and love supporting the local causes they are passionate about. Whether through employee volunteer opportunities or corporate-level sponsorships, we are always looking for positive ways to stay actively engaged with our communities.
Rose Gold Solar, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC, a leading renewable energy producer dedicated to sustainably powering the future. Leeward currently owns and operates 22 renewable energy facilities across nine states, totaling more than 2,000 MW of installed capacity.
Leeward is a portfolio company of OMERS infrastructure, a preeminent global infrastructure investment arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans with over C$105 billion in net assets (as at December 31, 2020).
Responsible development is an ethos that runs deep at Leeward and our subsidiary companies. We develop, own, and operate renewable generation assets for the long term, and are committed to leaving a positive impact on the communities where we operate. We achieve this by prioritizing our values of community partnership, sustainability and safety.
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Solar frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What will the solar farm look like?
The Rose Gold Solar project will primarily consist of rows of photovoltaic (PV) electric generating panels mounted to steel frames that are installed on driven steel posts with central inverters spaced throughout the site. The entire perimeter of the Project site will be fenced for security and safety. Vegetative screening will be implemented at various locations to enhance the visual appeal of the site.
How does photovoltaic solar technology work?
Photovoltaic (PV) panels capture energy from the sun and produce direct current (DC) electricity. The DC electricity flows to electrical inverters where it is converted to alternating current (AC) electricity. The AC electricity is then combined and transformed to the electrical grid’s voltage at the project substation, where it connects to the utility’s system and is sold to the market.
Will the solar farm produce glare or noise?
Photovoltaic panels are designed to absorb sunlight, not reflect it. The amount of sunlight the panels absorb correlates directly to the amount of electricity produced, thus panels are designed to absorb maximum amounts of sunlight and minimize reflection. In fact, typical solar panel glass is constructed with anti-reflective coatings. Solar farms produce minimal noise as they do not contain large mechanical components. We design our farms so that any increase in noise from operation is negligible at neighboring properties.
What is the Special Use Permit process?
The Development Plan process gives Jay County the authority to give particular consideration to projects that may have an impact on the surrounding area or the County. This includes both Personal Solar Energy Systems and Solar Energy Farm System, the latter of which is a commercial solar facility of greater than 5-acres. Rose Gold Solar’s Development Plan application identifies the proposed Project Area and proposed use and complies with the Jay County’s Solar Energy Systems ordinance.
Prior to submitting a Development Plan application to Jay County, Rose Gold began soliciting feedback from the local community through a variety of ways, including an open-house event. The public and other interested parties had an opportunity to learn more about the Project, have their questions answered, and provide feedback during a community open-house held in Dunkirk on July 19. Rose Gold Solar has submitted a Development Plan application to the County, and once the Zoning Administrator performs an initial review, Rose Gold Solar will then have its petition heard by the County Plan Commission at public hearing. Rose Gold Solar will notify adjacent residents and property owners, as well as publish notice of the public hearing in a local newspaper not less than sixteen (16) days prior to the hearing. At the public hearing, any person can provide comments to the Plan Commission on the proposed Project.
At the Plan Commission public hearing, the Commission will receive comments regarding the Project. Following the public hearing, the Plan Commission will make the final decision to grant approval of the petition.
Information on Rose Gold Solar’s open-house event and Jay County public hearing is posted to the Community Involvement section of this webpage.
How long will the solar farm be operational?
Rose Gold Solar is expected to operate for 30+ years.
Who will maintain the property and vegetation?
Rose Gold Solar will be responsible for maintaining the the property. We work diligently with consultants and local stakeholders to ensure proper ground cover, erosion and sediment control, and stormwater management occurs on the Project site. We also implement vegetation management plans and construction best management practices to promote the establishment of native vegetation and manage overgrowth and invasive plant species. As part of the development process, Jay County will review our Landscape Plan.
How will the solar farm proactively address health and safety concerns?
Safety is our number one priority. We manage our projects with the utmost regard for safety, sustainability, and long-term growth. Extensive employee and contractor training is required to meet our safety program standards, and our entire team, starting with our executives, makes a daily commitment to a safe work environment.
Through careful engineering design and strict adherence to safety standards, solar projects pose minimal health and safety risks.
What happens at the end of the Project’s life?
At the end of the life of the Project, Rose Gold Solar will be responsible for removing equipment and restoring the site to its original use. As part of the Development Plan review process, the County will review Rose Gold Solar’s proposed Decommissioning Plan to ensure that ample considerations and funding are provided for when the life of the Project is over.
How will the development of the solar farm affect my community?
Construction of the solar farm will bring new construction jobs, a large direct investment in the community, and local business generated from the purchase of food, fuel, accommodations, and other local supplies. During the construction period there will be a relatively short-term increase in traffic volume and noise, typical of similar projects.
Once the Project is operational, daily traffic to and from the site will be minimal. Throughout the life of the Project, it will not burden Jay County services and utilities. The Project will, however, contribute significant property taxes to the community and provide clean energy to the greater Northeast Indiana area.
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Will the solar farm impact my property value?
Several studies across the country have concluded that property proximity to large-scale solar projects has no negative measurable impact on home and property values. Part of the reason for that is that solar projects do not possess the undesirable qualities that can adversely impact property values, such as hazardous emissions, odor, noise, and excess traffic. In general, construction and operation of utility-scale solar projects positively affect the socioeconomic conditions of the community they are built by generating increased property tax revenues over the expected life of the project, which can benefit schools and other services. Solar projects also generate sales, use, and income tax revenue and can attract businesses seeking renewable resources to the larger region. Furthermore, Rose Gold Solar is proposing to design the project to include setbacks and perimeter landscaping from roads and residences for appealing views, re-seeding with native grasses and pollinator-friendly plants to maintain and support the rural nature of the community, and limited equipment height, all of which will enhance the project’s appearance and can help maintain property values to a greater degree than more intensive agricultural uses.
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