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Proposed Catskill battery facility would clean up salvage yard

Feb 22, 2024 12:43 am

Andrea Macko reports for Porcupine Soup that the large Catskill salvage yard off State Route 9W may get cleaned up and replaced by a lithium iron phosphate battery storage facility. Catskill Grid LLC, a project of California-based energy investor Eolian, wants to buy the 17.1-acre Post Brothers Auto Parts site at 8006 State Route 9W. A statement from Eolian said, “Currently, Catskill Grid is proposing to remove and restore the current junkyard occupying the property, including removing all vehicles and structures on site." According to the company, the northern section of the parcel, would be for “a proposed 100MW/400MWh utility scale energy storage system would be installed to add capacity and resiliency to power grids," while the southern portion of the site would be “revegetated and kept as green space.” The company also said, “There is an active freight rail along the eastern side with 20-30 rail cars per day, an active metal scrap and school bus depot to the north, a [Central Hudson] substation and power lines to the west, and a state highway and off ramp on the southern side of the parcel. The nearest residential property is approximately 400 feet from any proposed equipment in the facility. We believe that the proposed use would provide a net positive to the area and be in a parcel where the current zoning allows this use." Read more about this story in Porcupine Soup.