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Kansas Residents Resist Solar Project Plan Near Cheyenne Bottoms

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GREAT BEND, Kan. (KPR) – Green energy keeps growing. In Kansas, plans continue to pop up for even more wind and solar projects. But some residents in central Kansas have put one solar idea on hold.

A Spanish company hopes to build a massive solar farm south of the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Refuge near Great Bend. In May, the Barton County Commission put a moratorium on all solar farm projects. Commissioners say they want to weigh the pros and cons of the project.

Many residents and bird watchers say the 2.5 square-mile solar farm would disrupt wildlife, including the flight patterns of migratory birds that use the refuge to rest and feed every year.

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