WATCH NOW: In Climax, tempers are flaring over the solar mission –

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He said he doesn't understand how someone can feel betrayed. The owners have the right to allow the project on their property.

“All of that went through the approval process,” Owen said. “Neighbors had the opportunity to attend zone briefings. If you were adjacent to the project, a letter was sent to you. It's not as if it was hidden from them.”

In addition, the project is on Owen's property in front of his house, he said.

Whitt and her neighbor Art Brunner support solar energy, but Whitt said, “I think it's a great thing, but I don't want it in my garden.”

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Brunner believes solar energy can play a role in the country's energy needs.

“Solar is a good idea, but it's not 100% effective at solving all problems with energy,” he said, adding that the project on Climax Road created noise problems.

But the noise will only be temporary until the project is built, Owen said.

“It will be very quiet in less than a year,” said Owen.

Climax Road resident Tammy Whitt is disturbed by the noise from the construction of a large solar project that surrounds her property on all sides.

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Whitt is also surprised by the scope of the project. Ragsdale said the interference limit would be about 860 acres.

“Little did we know it was going to be this massive,” said Whitt, who has lived in her home on Climax Road for 17 years. “Such a massive project should never have taken place in such a small area where people live.”


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