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Hecate continues to shrink size of Shepherd's Run

Nov 30, 2021 5:45 am

Diane Valden is reporting for The Columbia Paper an announcement is expected Tue., Nov. 30, from Hecate [HEK-uh-tee] Energy about a plan to further reduce the size of its proposed Shepherd's Run solar facility in Craryville. The announcement is expected during an in-person open house at the Hillsdale Fire House. Copake Deputy Town Supervisor Richard Wolf has been reporting for several months that Hecate officials are talking about shrinking the project area for the 60-megawatt industrial-sized solar facility. Hecate, a developer of solar and wind facilities and energy storage projects, first proposed to site its 200,000 solar panel installation on 500 acres at several sites along State Route 23 and County Route 7 in and around the Copake hamlet of Craryville. Wolf reported at the November 11, Copake Town Board meeting, the most recent estimate for the project size was down to 208 acres. “Although generating capacity remains the same 60 MWs [megawatts], the ‘inside-the-fence’ acreage is now well less than half of what Hecate originally sought when it unveiled Shepherd’s Run in January 2020. This is encouraging… but more needs to be done," Wolf said. A public information session will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Tue., Nov. 30, at the Hillsdale Firehouse on State Route 22. Hecate representatives and consultants will be present to answer questions and discuss the updated layout for Shepherd’s Run and more. Information is available at shepherdsrunsolar [dot] com. Read more in The Columbia Paper.

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