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NOTEBOOK – One Good Read: In Michigan, company proposing solar project sues township trying to block it


A company proposing an 850-acre solar array in rural Eaton County, Mich., has filed a lawsuit against a local township that has moved to block it, the Lansing State Journal reported in December. Benton Township’s interim zoning ordinance was meant to stop the project from going on the land the company was looking at even though the county government supported the project. Township leaders say the project does not fit into their master plan. The lawsuit says the ordinance, which went into effect Nov. 27, isn’t valid and violates Michigan’s Zoning Enabling Act, according to the lawsuit. Now residents in the county are divided on the issue, Michigan Radio reports. The controversy is similar to Madison County supervisors in Iowa passing the state’s first moratorium on new wind turbine installations and Adair County leaders saying they were considering capping the number of turbines in their county, effectively stopping new construction last year.

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