Solar farm planned in Robinson


The Robinson City Council has approved a request for a special use permit for a solar farm to be constructed off Greig Drive in the city.

A public hearing and vote was held Tuesday night on the request by a request from Cypress Creek Renewables for the farm that is proposed for a 67 acre tract.

This is the second time an application has been made for this location and calls for a larger area to be used than in the original request.

A letter from Cypress Creek Renewables filed in support  of the request described the solar farm as envisioned would include rows of photovoltaic cell panels, mounted on posts set in the ground.

These ” solar arrays” will be mounted on a tracking system which allows them to follow the sun throughout the day, facing  east in the morning, becoming horizontal at midday and facing west in the afternoon.

The letter said the energy generated at the solar farm will be sold to a Texas-based corporation.

The letter said the array will not exceed 25 feet in height.

It was noted that the City of Robinson has no specific ordinance developed for solar farm requirements and that the applicant has worked with city staff to verify that desired standards for setbacks from property lines, buffering from adjacent properties, height , and fencing are met.

The city’s analysis of the application included in the meeting agenda information noted that there are no fire hydrants within 500 feet of all portions of the proposed site, with the Robinson Fire Marshal requiring that a fire hydrant  be installed near the site entrance in the  1600 block of Greig Drive.

It was noted that a portion of the site along Flat Creek is located within a FEMA designated flood plain but that the project is not expected to impact drainage as long as the developer complies with all city ordinances.

It was noted by city staff that they have not received any opposition to the project.

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