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Knox board denies solar farm

Jul 01, 2017 12:03 am
H. Rose Schneider reports in The Altamont Enterprise that the Knox Planning Board on June 22 denied the application to Community 2.0 to build a solar array on property owned by Peter Young Housing. The application got seven months of review, and the final meeting included a town board member voting against his own motion. The plan was first floated in Altamont by U.S. Solutions, but when they were denied there, they moved to Knox, in southern Albany County, and property owned by Vesta Community Housing to build an almost two-megawatt array with over 300 30x12-foot solar units on 32 acres behind a black vinyl-covered chain-link fence. The company failed to comply with several requests of the board, and failed to notify 40 percent of the required neighbors about the April public hearing on the matter. Last year, the board unanimously approved a different solar farm on a nearby property, and board members said the two cases were very different. “It’s like pulling teeth,” said board member Betty Ketchum, of getting information from Community 2.0. Robert Gwin, one of two board members who voted against denying the application, said he wanted to give the company one more chance to provide needed information. Read the full story in The Altamont Enterprise.