GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A proposal for a large solar farm in western Colorado might be a tough sell for county officials worried about the effects on the view and wildlife habitat.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that Clean Energy Collective wants to install about 4,300 solar panels on five acres just off Colorado 82 in the El Jebel area. The company says it would produce enough power for nearly 200 homes.

Collective Energy broke ground last week on a solar farm at the Garfield County Airport that will feature 3,600 panels when it’s fully built. The company needs Eagle County’s approval to build the facility near El Jebel.

But some county planning commissioners are worried about losing wildlife habitat and the visual impact. The project is up for discussion again May 19.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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