Halfmoon, N.Y. >> New York State Gas and Electric Corporation customers in the southern Saratoga County area will soon get another chance to sign up for community solar power.
Last month, thr town Planning Board approved two solar projects on Pruyn Hill Road for Cyprus Creek Renewables LLC. When completed, the two projects will provide a total of four megawatts of solar generated electricity, enough to power between 600 to 1,000 homes or small businesses.
The board’s vote to approve the project came after a public hearing was held to discuss the subdivision of one large parcel into two, and the granting of two special use permits for the Pruyn Road site.
The few residents who spoke at a hearing live nearby and though all favored the project, several had concerns with the potential for flooding on their land as the result of the project’s construction.
An engineering consultant for Cyprus Creek assured the board that the regulations of the project’s SPDES (State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit would be fulfilled and that no storm water runoff would impact the residents.
Planning Board members questioned John Reagan, the company’s zoning and outreach manager of development, at the meeting on how the large solar panels would be protected from unforeseen damage and visually buffered from surrounding residents.
He answered that plans call for a six-foot fence around the perimeter but that he and the company were amenable to other suggestions. Cyprus Creek has a 20-year lease on the property with a clause stating that if the solar…
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