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Although A Petition For Temporary Restraining Order, Injunction Denied, Lawsuit To Prevent Construction of Dike Solar Farm Ongoing
Jul23

Although A Petition For Temporary Restraining Order, Injunction Denied, Lawsuit To Prevent Construction of Dike Solar Farm Ongoing

Following the announcement of Judge Will Biard’s decision to deny Cynthia Martin’s request that Hopkins Energy LLC and Hopkins County be issued a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction to halt construction of a large scale solar project in Dike, KSST reached out to the parties involved in the lawsuit. Representatives for all three parties – plaintiff Martin and defendants Hopkins Energy, LLC, and Hopkins...

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French Company Takes Over Management of Proposed Dike Solar Farm
Mar11

French Company Takes Over Management of Proposed Dike Solar Farm

Through open records, it appears that a French company will now be managing the proposed Dike solar farm under the “Hopkins Energy, LLC.” corporation name. Engie Solar N.A., LLC was added as an officer back in the fall of 2020, and not soon after the originating officer of Hopkins Energy, LLC, was removed as an officer. This would leave the French Company, and it’s U.S. subsidiary in charge of the project moving...

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Noise, Material Inside, Maintenance Of Panels Among Residents’ Concerns Regarding Planned Dike Solar Farm
Feb08

Noise, Material Inside, Maintenance Of Panels Among Residents’ Concerns Regarding Planned Dike Solar Farm

A few Dike residents expressed to Hopkins County Commissioners Monday morning their displeasure and concerns regarding the planned Dike solar facility, Hopkins Energy LLC, in their community Monday morning Michele Barnes addresses Hopkins County Commissioners Michele Barnes said she and her husband moved 18 months ago from the Houston area to Dike, were they enjoy their country life, away from the cities and towns, where they are able...

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Dike Residents Express Concerns Regarding Planned Dike Solar Farm
Dec22

Dike Residents Express Concerns Regarding Planned Dike Solar Farm

A handful of Dike residents Monday expressed concerns regarding the planned Dike solar farm to Hopkins County Commissioners during their regular meeting Monday morning, Dec. 21. Cynthia Martin of Dike said residents of the area hadn’t been properly notified in advance of the planned solar farm. She said they learned of it after hearing that county officials had recently granted the company an extension of time to construct the...

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Commissioners Court Agrees To Tax Incentive For Dike Solar Farm, EMP Credits For TxDOT Bridge Projects
Sep22

Commissioners Court Agrees To Tax Incentive For Dike Solar Farm, EMP Credits For TxDOT Bridge Projects

Increases To Jail & HCFD Budgets, Longevity Pay, OSSF Fees Also Approved Hopkins County Commissioners Court Monday approved several items during a special session, including a tax incentive for a Dike solar farm, equivalent match credits for bridge projects and increases to jail and fire department budgets, longevity pay for county employees and OSSF fees. 381 Agreement Hopkins Energy LLC project boundary as originally proposed to...

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Sulphur Bluff ISD Accepts Application For Value Limitation for Dike Solar Farm
Jun22

Sulphur Bluff ISD Accepts Application For Value Limitation for Dike Solar Farm

Shelly Leung and Rick Lambert of Powell, Youngblood & Taylor discuss with Sulphur Bluff ISD trustees the application for appraised value limitation Hopkins Energy LLC submitted to SBISD for a proposed nearly 3,000-acre solar farm. A nearly 3,000-acre $240 million solar project is one step closer to being located in northeastern Hopkins County. The Dike location is one of many international company Alpin Sun is considering in the...

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Dike Resident Files Lawsuit To Stop Solar Farm
Jun30

Dike Resident Files Lawsuit To Stop Solar Farm

After months of questions, meetings, and disagreements a lawsuit has been filed against Hopkins Energy LLC and Hopkins County which will bring all of the back and forth between Dike residents, county officials and Engie Energy Company into the courtroom. Cynthia Martin, who has lead “Save Dike From Solar” efforts to prevent a solar facility from being constructed in Dike, has filed a petition in the 62nd Judicial District...

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Tensions Run High For Dike Residents About French Solar Farm
Mar23

Tensions Run High For Dike Residents About French Solar Farm

Tensions continue to run high between the citizens of Dike and the French Solar Company, Engie. The Hopkins County Commissioner’s court, which approved a tax abatement for the solar farm, held a public forum at the civic center on Monday night, in an effort to relieve concerns from the affected neighbors. The residents in Dike are very upset, and contend that they were not properly notified of the solar farm or what effects it...

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Commissioners Court Approves Reinvestment Zone And 381 Agreements For 3 Solar Projects
Sep15

Commissioners Court Approves Reinvestment Zone And 381 Agreements For 3 Solar Projects

Hopkins County Commissioners Court this week, after hearing from at least five Dike property owners regarding issues related to a solar facility to be constructed in that community, tackled four other items on the agenda pertaining to three additional solar farms, including a reinvestment zone, an amendment to one Chapter 381 agreement, and requests for tax incentives for solar facilities proposed for Saltillo and Pine Forest...

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Dike Property Owners Voice Opinions Regarding Planned Solar Facility, Property Rights, Incorporation
Sep14

Dike Property Owners Voice Opinions Regarding Planned Solar Facility, Property Rights, Incorporation

Nearly half of Monday morning’s Hopkins County Commissioners Court meeting revolved around planned solar projects in Hopkins County, especially the one greenlit for the Dike community. Dike property voice their opinions Monday morning regarding a planned solar farm in Dike, property rights and incorporation during public comments portion of the meeting. Dike property owner Michele Barnes Dike property owner Michele Barnes has...

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