A proposal to halt consideration and/ or approval of all solar panel farms or commercial solar power plants in the parish is to come before the Tangipahoa Parish Council on Monday.

The council will meet at 5:30 at the parish government building, 206 E. Mulberry St. in Amite.

If approved, a moratorium would be in place until pending studies and local laws are complete.

Solar developers and property owners have shown interest in bringing solar farms to land in the north end of Tangipahoa Parish.

Parish President Robby Miller said the council and administration want to be sure citizens and their properties are protected as much as possible, and there is a process for holding companies accountable.

The council and administration are concerned about the long term – how will solar panels, which contain hazardous waste (heavy metals) be disposed of and if a farm is no longer necessary, what will be done with the old equipment.

“We don’t want to have acres and acres of solar panels on these farms out there, not doing anything,” Miller said.

The parish will explore how other areas of the country have handled solar panels matters, he said.

Farmers Market

Due to cold weather, the Hammond Farmers Market will open today at 9 a.m., an hour later than usual.

Adoptable pets from Kat Vet will arrive at 10 a.m. to join a long lineup of vendors with assorted homemade food and non-food items.

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