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SolUnesco is a renewable energy company based in Reston, Virginia.

The company currently hopes to build a 11-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy generation system in Albemarle County. The solar farm would be located off the Thomas Jefferson Parkway.[1]

A zoning text amendment, however, would be required for the company to move forward with its plans because Albemarle's zoning ordinance does not include energy generation as a permitted use in the county's rural areas.[1]

In April, the Board of Supervisors approved a resolution of intent to consider an amendment to the zoning ordinance and directed the Planning Commission to hold a public hearing.[2] The Albemarle County Planning Commission endorsed the zoning text amendment on May 23.[1] The Board of Supervisors vote on the amendment in June, allowing solar energy systems a permitted use in the rural areas with a special-use permit. [3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Web. Albemarle Planning Commission endorses solar farms, Tim Dodson, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 23, 2017, retrieved May 24, 2017.
  2. Web. Albemarle to study allowing solar farms, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 5, 2017, retrieved May 24, 2017.
  3. Web. Albemarle to allow solar farms in rural areas, Tim Dodson, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 15, 2017, retrieved June 26, 2017.

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