Don't Forget Rosanky

RECEIVED Wed., Nov. 11, 2020

Dear Editor,
    While I appreciate Austin's desire for sustainable energy, I am beginning to strongly lament the city government's go-for-broke approach. Here in rural Rosanky in southern Bastrop County, we are threatened with Austin's desire at an expense for our treasured farmland and wildlife.
    RWE Renewables is asking for big tax breaks for their proposed Big Star Solar plant south of our community. It will bulldoze 2,000 acres of post oaks, pines, and native scrub so that 500,000 solar panels can be planted in their place. RWE is in negotiations with Austin Energy to sell the power to them, a quick high-line ride to the city's electrical grid.
    Do your readers know they are getting their "green energy" for the sake of our green spaces? Would they like to take a tour of the backroads that will be forever changed if this project comes to fruition? There's a growing grassroots movement here in Rosanky that is rising in opposition to this project and the others that are coming this way. We don't much care to be the dumping ground for Austin's unwanted infrastructure.
Thank you,
Erik McCowan
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