We've been in some discussions with some folks that are thinking about putting one here. I saw that article earlier, and I'm thankful I did. I would not have anticipated a lot of those concerns! Our Board members are pretty well-educated, so I don't think they'd be taken in by some of those "scientific" fears. The biggest issue we'd have to address would be the environmental impacts strictly from a run-off and regulatory perspective... I hope.
I'm in a rural county in NC and I really lucked out with our board. The Chairman was a pilot in the Navy and a commander of the USS Saratoga! One of the members is a high ranking local bank official, and another heads one of the largest commercial contracting companies in the area (they used to be one of the largest on the east coast). The other two members are comprised of a local postman (great guy) and a sewer specialist for Fort Bragg (he's new, but I like him so far). We have at least two possibilities for this new board in 2016. One is a prominent business man, well liked, the other was the former Clerk of Court, was on the Planning Board in the early 90's, and is an all around good guy.
Sometimes you just get really lucky. That said, both my boards voted in favor of solar farms as a permitted use with design guidelines. Now a neighboring county had their Planning Board vote against solar farms because they didn't like where the money to build one came from....their BoC over ruled them.