Sustainable and eco-friendly power is potentially coming to Carroll County. The Maryland Public service Commission is hosting two public hearings about potentially creating a solar farm on 50 acres of land in Union Bridge.

This proposal was put forth by a group known as Citizens UB Solar for a 9.9 MW solar farm. If you’d like to learn more about the proposal and plan, check out the first hearing on October 18th at 6:30pm.

Before the hearing kicks off, take some time to do some research on solar energy to determine whether or not you think that Carroll County should have it. Today we’re going to take a look at “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” about solar farms. Let’s take a look.

The Good

The best thing about solar energy is that we’re not going to run out of it anytime soon. The sun is going to keep rising each day and providing the Earth with warmth, light, and energy. Solar power is a truly renewable energy source; it’s the gift that just keeps on giving whether we utilize it or not.

The other great thing about solar energy is that it emits far less pollution than the alternatives. Considering the state of our current ecological environment, this could be an invaluable contribution to the future of our planet.

The Bad

Though solar energy may seem perfect, it isn’t for everyone. Some communities that have held similar hearings for solar power have pushed back against the green energy initiative for a few reasons.

The biggest reason is that solar panels can prove to be a huge eyesore. They take up a lot of space and aren’t terribly pretty to look at. This can impact property values of the local residences and diminish the natural beauty of local landscapes.

The other problem with solar power is that though it is less harmful to the environment than other alternatives, the materials used in making the solar panels can be toxic for the environment and must be handled carefully.

The Ugly Truth About Solar Energy

At the end of the day, solar power is not perfect. It isn’t going to solve all of our environmental problems. It has some issues that may affect the hearing, but at the end of the day, as a community, you have to ask yourselves what really matters.

Is it more important to invest in clean(er) energy or have a more picturesque countryside? Is it more important to think about the future of our planet or should we be concerned about property values?

It’s up to you to help the county make that decision.