Vesper Energy is an innovative energy company that develops, owns and operates utility-scale renewable energy and energy storage assets across North America. Vesper Energy’s mission is to develop, construct, own, and operate solar energy and energy storage facilities that contribute to a sustainable energy future while respecting and contributing to the local project community. Find out more about Vesper Energy and our projects at www.vesperenergy.com.
We pursue projects where we have earned the trust of landowners and, here in Henry and Pittsylvania counties, our partners remain committed to this project. The landowners believe they have the right to use their land for solar energy production. They believe it is permissible under Virginia state law and is the best choice for their property and their family.
The Axton Solar project will create a new, long-term source of funding for the community, including significant benefits for area schools. The project will create jobs in Henry and Pittsylvania counties during construction and operations and may hire a variety of vendors and local services. Axton Solar will also preserve farmland for future generations making this a project a great option for the community.
Yes! Polling data shows that 75% of voters surveyed in Henry and Pittsylvania counties believe that more local economic and job opportunities are needed, 55% support the transition to clean energy sources like solar, and 2 out of 3 voters support siting solar farms in the area. In addition more than 2 out of 3 specifically support the Axton Solar project!
The layout of Axton Solar’s panels will be designed to maximize clean energy production. Information about the project’s proposed footprint may be viewed here. The project will interconnect to the local electric grid via the Sheffield substation in Henry County.
Axton Solar is expected to create 200+ construction jobs, with a significant portion of the workforce able to be hired locally. Once operational, the facility will support 1-5 long-term positions.
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Axton Solar will be designed to retain the natural character of the community. We may work with a landscape designer to develop and implement a plan for evergreen-type vegetative screening for any project areas viewable from residential structures. Landscape screening is proven to minimize or eliminate visual impact of solar equipment.
Vesper Energy will adhere to all state and local rules around decommissioning ensuring the landowners and other taxpayers are not impacted. Our agreements with landowners and local jurisdictions spell out these obligations, including provisions to provide a financial security that ensures the project will have the resources needed to remove all equipment if a facility is decommissioned. Once the equipment is removed the land will be ready to farm as it will be in essentially the same condition it is today.
The vast majority of solar panels installed in the U.S. are still within their operational lifespans (typically 20-30 years). As such, cost-effective opportunities to recycle solar panels are limited. However, this is an issue the solar industry is working proactively to address, and as more solar panels reach end of life in the coming years, opportunities to recover and recycle the materials in solar panels will expand. Details on panel recycling can be found in the United States Environmental Protection Agency website, at https://www.epa.gov/hw/solar-panel-recycling.
It is unlikely that a serious event will happen at the site. However, a comprehensive emergency management plan will be created prior to construction. This will ensure safety personnel in the community are trained and able to respond appropriately.
No. The Axton Solar project is sited entirely on privately owned property leased under long-term agreements from local landowners. The landowners retain ownership of their property throughout the term of the lease.
A bond will be obtained prior to the start of construction. It will also be structured in such a manner that Pittsylvania County Department of Community Development and Henry County Department of Planning will be able access those funds to pay for the decommissioning and reclamation of the site, in the event Axton Solar, LLC becomes insolvent, or that the duration of a temporary closure continues so long, that the closure is considered permanent.
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