EDITOR’S NOTE: John B. Christensen is a volunteer worker for Democrat Hannah Geffert’s current election campaign against Republican Jason Barrett to represent Jefferson County in the West Virginia Senate. A registered Independent voter, Christensen is a renewable energy consultant at Mountain View Solar in Martinsburg.
olar energy production is getting less and less expensive, and does not harm our forests or mountains. But solar energy farms take up significant amounts of space. County governments who have zoning ordinances, like Jefferson County, have the authority to determine where solar farms could be located. However, if Republican Delegate Jason Barrett had his way, Jefferson County would lose that element of local control.