In the gallant march towards clean energy and the preservation of our beloved environment, solar energy provider SunEdison sought to begin Colorado’s Western Slope participation in the solar movement. After the expiration of other sites due to numerous reasons, by their wit and experience SunEdison struck upon gold as the Angel Ridge Ranch parcel revealed itself, and thus was deemed “a perfect spot.”
Angel Ridge Ranch, with its proximity to the electrical substation, large, flat plot of land, location near an industrial highway, and most of all, willingness to actualize the benefits of solar energy by extending its acreage – all necessary components for the installation of a solar farm – is indeed the best locale.
Therefore, the opposing argument of the “ugliness” of a safety fence that must surround the solar farm – which would compromise the efforts to pickle Ridgway into a vintage town suspended in time – is rendered illegitimate and impertinent for the following reasons: Any beliefs of “ugliness” and the beauty level of this project are merely opinions. Anyone who considers the fence aesthetically displeasing will be pacified by the professional landscape artistry, disguising the solar-farm fence. Any concern for setting a precedent by installing the solar farm only needs to be looked upon in a different manner: It is energy-efficient and environmentally-preserving solar power which is sought to be installed, not a conglomerate like Wal-Mart. It must be remembered that this is a strife for a positive intention, not a moneymaking, quaint-town-endangering endeavor. County visual impact regulations in accordance with the solar farm must be seen in a different way, as an opportunity for something beautiful in its own right – environment-saving, not infrastructure that may be considered aesthetically irritating to a few.
It essentially comes down to the perception of solar energy. Those who merely dance with the idea of preserving the future by casting it off into the abyss of procrastination and/or silly reasons, versus those who see the valiant opportunity of solar energy and grab the proverbial reins of our future, actualizing the movement of preservation.
Which will you be?
I shall conduct a petition drive in favor of a solar farm in Ridgway at Angel Ridge Ranch. If you are with me, I welcome you to come sign my petition and help actualize this grand spark to clean energy in our prospering town. Your autograph will symbolize the following and so much more:
“I nobly stand among those who will forge ahead into the movement of environmental preservation. I desire to savor our dear Rocky Mountains by supporting solar energy. I choose to help the survival of our planet by encouraging the installation of a solar farm at the professionally picked venue of Angel Ridge Ranch. I reject any slander that claims the “ugliness” of a necessary safety fence far outweighs the true intentions of protecting our environment and encouraging clean energy. I support the lessons we shall teach our young generation through the installation of Angel Ridge’s solar farm, safeguarding them for the future. But most of all, I see the bigger picture. As one of the undersigned, I support the preservation of the environment over the preservation of a stale Ridgway from inevitable change, thus seeking to enhance positive possibilities for Ridgway and its solar tomorrow.”
I shall be (with petition in hand and encouragement in mind) at Hartwell Park across from Mountain Market in Ridgway, this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at the Ouray Hot Springs Park near the gazebo, this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Swing by and sign, remain and rally, or send me any feedback or absentee support via email: firstname.lastname@example.org