December 1, 2021

Solar project proposed in C’ville

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A proposed 3-megawatt solar project on Tower Road in Cortlandville is about halfway through the initial planning process, Christopher Stroud, the chief operating officer for developer Cipriani Energy Group, said Friday.

The project, which was first introduced in late July to the town Planning Board, would take up about 15 acres at 1585 Tower Road and cost $3.5 million to $4.5 million, Stroud said. It would be a community solar project, where National Grid subscribers could choose to get their energy from it, he said.

A letter from the group regarding its progress was received at Wednesday’s town board meeting.

The project still has a way to go as it’s still in the development phase, including completing and having its site planned approved and finalizing a PILOT agreement.

“We don’t do things until we have all of our ducks in a row,” Stroud said. The Tower Road project is one of a number of solar projects in the town growing at a fast rate, so town officials have discussed instituting a moratorium on solar projects, said town board member Douglas Withey.

“We’re leaning towards that because it’s going fast and furious,” he said, though nothing was finalized at Wednesday’s meeting.

The project would join a number of solar projects in the town:

• A 90-megawatt project in Homer, Cortlandville and Solon by EDF Renewables.

• Two five-megawatt projects on Riley Road.

• Two side-by-side five-megawatt projects on Bell Crest Drive by Summit Solar Capital.

• Six one- to two-megawatt projects on land owned by Gutchess Lumber.

It would also join other projects in the county including a 20-megawatt project in Willet by Janis Solar, a 15-megawatt project in Lapeer by Next Era Energy Resources and a 10- to 20-megawatt project for the Knickerbocker Country Club in Cincinnatus.

Should the proposed project get all of the required permits and approvals, construction could begin by early 2021, Stroud said. Construction time would depend on the developer’s restraints and how many workers are available.

Most projects take about three to six months to complete and generally have between 15 and 30 workers, Stroud said.

“We’re building solar farms by New Yorkers for New Yorkers,” Stroud said.