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Half a Billion Reasons Why

We do not know what the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be on local tax revenues. What I do know is that my county (Randolph) will be in a much more secure position when you consider the nearly half a billion dollars of renewable energy investments being made here.

Revenues generated by this increased private-sector investment will not only stimulate community vitality, but it will directly benefit our ability to continue to invest in our schools and improve our roads. Just as important will be our ability to expand our investment in the very important area of wireless broadband and fiber cable connectivity infrastructure.

Over the past 10 years Randolph County has established itself as a renewable energy friendly community. I believe these first steps into solar energy may well provide long-term financial benefits to our county that exceed the tremendous benefits already being generated by wind energy here.

That’s why, as a former economic development director for Randolph County, I had a great sense of pride when I attended a recent meeting of our county’s Area Planning Commission. This meeting was held on July 22nd and at the meeting the Commission took the important first step to approve our county’s first Solar Energy Systems Siting Regulations.

And then two days later my gratitude and pride for our strong local leaders strengthened when our County Commissioners approved that ordinance to make it official.

Over the past 10 years Randolph County has established itself as a renewable energy friendly community. I believe these first steps into solar energy may well provide long-term financial benefits to our county that exceed the tremendous benefits already being generated by wind energy here.

There is a clear trend that utility companies are transitioning to renewable energy as the power generator of choice. I am proud that my county will continue to play a leading role in providing clean, renewable energy for our future.


Greg Beumer is economic development consultant and former Randolph County state representative. He is featured in the video below talking about how a Randolph County renewable energy project has helped bring broadband to Randolph County.




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