Governor Andrew Cuomo announced
a second solicitation for large-scale renewable energy projects on April 25. The state is asking for up to 20 solar, wind, or geothermal projects for a hoped-for 1.5 million megawatt-hours of renewable electricity per year, enough to power 200,000 homes. Locally, though, there is a bit of a backlash to the many renewable energy projects with moratoriums on large-scale solar farms currently being discussed in Cairo and Greenville, and recently in place in Coxsackie, Copake, Greenport, Kinderhook, Hillsdale and other towns as New York attempts to move to having 50 percent of the state's electricity made from renewable sources by 2030. One company, Cypress Creek Renewables, has projects proposed or in the works locally in Palenville, Coxsackie, Cairo, Greenville, Durham, and Westerlo. Cuomo's new solicitation seems to address concerns communities are having about solar farms saying the solicitation will be, "Preserving and protecting New York's valuable agricultural resources by providing bonus points for renewable energy projects that avoid overlap with land of agricultural importance to New York State; [and] ensuring that communities that would host successfully awarded projects are fully aware of the development process, proposers will be required to demonstrate that they have engaged with those communities and have also commenced the associated permitting processes."