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Leesburg City Council discusses solar panels

Solar panels became a hot topic at the Leesburg City Council meeting earlier this week.Photo: Kailey McCarthy

Solar panels became a hot topic at the Leesburg City Council meeting earlier this week.

Radiance Solar, a private company requested to amend the city ordinance allowing for a solar array to be built on a piece of agriculturally zoned property within city limits.

According to Mayor Jim Quinn, Radiance Solar originally reached out to a land owner, Leesburg Farm Services to rent land for a solar facility.

On Tuesday, city council members voted to give Radiance Solar conditional use to put in the panels.

Mayor Quinn says the solar facility shouldn't even be seen.

"The type of solar panels are not hazardous to the land, there's a disposal process, there's going to be a buffer so by the end of the planning commission meeting, I believe most of the residents were satisfied," said Quinn.

There was one descending vote for the solar panels on Tuesday.

The solar facility will be five acres in size and will sell power to Georgia Power.

In return, surrounding residents will receive clean energy and Leesburg Farm Services will lease out some of their land.

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