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A proposed utility scale solar facility in Church View cleared a hurdle on December 5 when the Middlesex Board of Supervisors (BOS) voted unanimously to grant a special exception to Church View Solar LLC.

The site will use about 306 acres of a 535 acre parcel located west of Route 17 and north of Wares Bridge Road, said Matthew Meares of Virginia Solar, which is based in Richmond.

In August the BOS approved a zoning amendment that would allow solar energy facilities in Resource Husbandry (RH) districts. Resource Husbandry districts are agricultural and the new amendment allows solar energy facilities to be permitted in RH only by special exception that can only be granted by the BOS.

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