In rural Ohio, the energy transition runs into a ditch – ABC News

by | Jul 29, 2022 | Energy

This article originally appeared on Inside Climate News. It is republished with permission. Sign up for their newsletter here.Mark Schein sings from the back row, aware that many of the people in the other pews view him as their enemy.His wife, Toni, stands by his side, but the rows around them are all empty.The hymn at this May service, backed by a pipe organ, is “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah,” about perseverance in the face of great challenges. Mark and Toni Schein at their farmhouse near Williamsport, Ohio July. They have leased some of their farmland for the proposed Chipmunk solar projectEric AlbrechtMark is a retired farmer, a parent, a grandparent and part of a family that has attended this church, Williamsport United Methodist, since its construction in 1900. His offense in the eyes of many in this community is that he signed a lease with a developer that wants to build a solar array, one of five solar projects in the area that opponents say will drive down property values and turn a pastoral landscape into a toxic industrial site.“I don’t have very many neighbors talk to me anymore,” he said.Solar power is an essential part of dealing with the threat of climate change, but this proposal has inspired intense opposition from people who view solar as a threat to their idea of home. Instead of cheering a boost to the tax base and to farmers’ incomes, the critics see an invader that will make the place they love unrecognizable, and they …

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