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This map shows the area near Thomson, Boneville, Dearing and Harlem where 2,914 acres of timber and hunting ands may be converted to host a 1,800-acre solar farm in the next few years.

If approved by the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners, EDF Renewables North America will convert more than 2,900 acres of local timber and hunting land into a $320 million, 325 mega-watt capacity solar farm named Rock House Solar.

Following a presentation by EDF representatives during their Jan. 3 meeting, the Thomson-McDuffie Planning Commission recommended approval of a variance to exceed the 25-acre solar farm limit. Other than that exemption, the project is proposed to meet all other local requirements, including 20-foot setbacks, an eight-foot perimeter safety fence, and a double row of trees.