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More solar farms casting shadow of controversy

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DUNLAP, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Another solar farm may be coming to central Illinois; this one, in Peoria County.

The idea led to an informational meeting in Dunlap Monday.

However, it is a proposal that is casting a shadow of controversy.

California-based Cypress Creek Renewables has already been planning a solar farm in McLean County.

Now, they may also be heading to Peoria County.

They want to install solar panels in a field south of the village.

25 News reached out to neighbors; many seemed very upset at the thought of a solar farm.

Potential noise, and sunlight reflection, were among neighbors' concerns.

Others say they are hesitant, but do think energy alternatives could benefit the community.

Dunlap's mayor sees positives and negatives.

"They're willing to go out and talk to the people that live next door, and visit with them," said Jack Fennell, Village of Dunlap Mayor discussing concerns on the matter. "We all want renewable energy, but maybe not in this location," added Fennell.

Fennell tells us if approved, the panels would be constructed by 2020 and would power up to 300 homes in the area.

One of the farms would go near the intersection of Trigger and Grange Hall Roads, south of Dunlap.

Another would potentially go just south of that intersection.

We reached out to the company for more information on the proposals, but we haven't heard back yet.

The village board will be discussing the topic later this week, as will the Peoria county board; however, Fennell expects it will be a while before any votes are made.

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