Tycor Farms Solamerica Solar Farm in Alapaha River Basin

Solamerica Energy is building another solar farm in the Alapaha River Basin, leasing from Tycor Farms LLC, 6530 GA 376, Lake Park, Georgia, 31636.

[Alapaha River Water Trail Map]
Map: John S. Quarterman, from WWALS Alapaha River Water Trail Map.

There seem to be wetlands on the east side of the property, leading to Enoch Creek, then into the Alapahoochee River, into the Alapaha, the Suwannee, and on to the Gulf. However, the likely wetlands seem to be along the eastern edge of the cleared area, so one can guess the solar panels are not going there.

[Lowndes County Tax Assessor]
Map: Lowndes County Tax Assessor, Parcel 0222 002, Tycor Farms LLC, 6530 GA HWY 376, Lake Park, GA 31636.

The approximately 31.7 acres to be leased are about the size of the cultivated area on that Tax Assessor map.

From the road on August 6, 2019, there were no trees in the subject area.

[Notice Sign]
Photo: Gretchen Quarterman, Notice Sign

[Sign in Context]
Photo: Gretchen Quarterman, Sign in Context

We know about this solar farm because it went to the Valdosta-Lowndes County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBOA) for a variance for general landscape and buffer standards.

ZBOA without Nancy Hobby and with John Hogan
Photo: Gretchen Quarterman, ZBOA 2019-08-06.

So this solar farm did not get as much information into the public record as Solamerica’s Hunt Road Solar, which two years ago involved buying land from the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority.

Site Layout, East of Valdosta
Site Layout submitted by SolAmerica to VLCIA in 14 November 2017 meeting.

That solar farm, behind Erco World Wide on 700 Hunt Road, is upstream on Knights Creek from the solar arrays at Valdosta’s Mud Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Both are north of this new array near Lake Park.

[String of Solar Farms]
Map: String of Solar Farms, from WWALS Alapaha River Water Trail map.

There is actually yet another solar array at Valdosta Airport. Hm, need to catch up on putting these solar arrays in the WWALS maps.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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