Hecate Energy files application to build biggest solar project ever in New york city State

Jun 9, 2021 07:33 PM ET
  • Hecate Energy introduced that it has actually submitted an application with the New york city State Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) to construct a 500-MW solar farm in the Western New York towns of Elba as well as Oakfield, representing the first brand-new application to be submitted under the state's brand-new allowing process for large-scale renewable projects.

If approved and also constructed, the Cider Solar Farm would be the biggest solar project ever integrated in New York State.

The $500-plus million-dollar personal facilities financial investment is expected to develop over 500 building jobs and will certainly can supplying 920,000 MWh of renewable power per year.

" This project supplies a concrete example of the range as well as rate with which we must relocate if we are to meet critical renewable energy objectives," claimed Harrison Luna, Hecate project lead. "We are extremely appreciative of the leadership demonstrated by Elba and Oakfield town governments for this important 'model' project. Our discussions have helped us understand exactly how to plan the project taking into consideration the unique priorities of the communities where we wish to come to be neighbors. Those officials have assisted us balance the requirements of the communities with the demands of the project."

Initially, the project looked for leases and choices for roughly 4,000 acres of land in the towns of Elba and also Oakfield in Genesee County. As the understanding of regional top priorities grew more clear, thorough siting as well as study efforts permitted Hecate to fine-tune the project's footprint to approximately 2,800 acres of land throughout the two communities.

" Hecate Energy has been an exceptional companion with our community since the first day," stated Donna Hynes, Elba Town Supervisor. "They've kept us educated as well as part of the procedure every step of the means. This project will bring invited jobs and also needed revenues to the area for years to come, while working as an instance for exactly how to make renewable energy development part of a long-range financial plan."

New york city State's Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act, which includes Section 94-c of the Exec Law, established in 2021, produced the brand-new ORES and regulations for the allowing of large-scale renewable energy projects. It is meant to enhance the siting as well as building of projects that are eco liable, affordable and delivered in a prompt fashion with input from regional communities. Hecate's Cider Solar 94-c Application, prepared by Buffalo-based Stantec Consulting Services in coordination with the law practice Foley Hoag LLP, is the very first brand-new application submitted to ORES under 94-c laws, representing a vital landmark in the State's project allowing development.