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McLean County going green with wind and solar energy

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MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Green energy has been buzzing in McLean County lately.

You may recall the McLean County board recently approved three solar farms, and another wind farm.

On the solar energy topic, the light is now shining on that in McClean County, and it seems like most have a vocal opinion on it.

One family has been approached by folks from the solar company, and even those looking for oil!

Brian O'Rourke lives near where Cypress Creek Renewables plans to build one of three solar farms in the county.

O'Rourke is open to the green energy ideas, but he too has questions.

His family was actually approached by Cypress, the company spearheading the plans.

O'Rourke called his dad "an old-time farmer," who said the land "just needs to be farmed, it needs ... crops on it. ... "I think it tempted him, the money, it was tempting. I think you can make more at this point than we do farming," added O'Rourke.

The question many have is if the high value of the solar farm land will continue.

"The Farm Bureau put a meeting on for the solar end of it, and every other word was 'check with your attorney," said O'Rourke.

The company plans to build three solar farms in the county.

One of those is along I-74 near Downs; the other two are near Arrowsmith.

Meanwhile, an additional wind farm is still in question.

Since the county board still has to vote on that, chair John McIntyre didn't want to go on camera yet, but he told me a decision should be made within the next few weeks.

If approved, there would eventually be a total of four wind farms in the county.

We will keep you up to date.

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