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Coeymans puts temporary halt on solar projects

May 07, 2020 1:45 pm
Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Capital Region Independent Media the Coeymans Town Board has imposed a six-month moratorium on the review of solar energy projects, effective immediately. The board conducted a public hearing April 23 to receive comment on the plan via telephone, due the restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Following the hearing, Local Law No. 3 was approved unanimously imposing the temporary moratorium thereby giving town officials the time needed to put a solar law on the books. “This law calls for six months, but it could be shorter, depending on how long it takes us to get a solar law in place,” Town Supervisor George McHugh said. “I don’t think it’s going to take us that long — I think it is going to take much less time. We’ve already got a good start on a template for a solar law.” Resident Trip Powell has proposed building a solar farm with the company Summit Ridge Energy at 87 Bronk Road. The project was first proposed in January 2019, so Summit Ridge Energy requested a waiver because the project was already under consideration. McHugh recommended to Powell the company request a partial waiver, which the town board approved. The partial waiver allows Summit Ridge Energy to send the plans out for review by an engineering firm and for a legal review as well, but nothing more. The solar law could be in place as soon as late May or, at the very latest, by late June, McHugh said. Read the full story in The Ravena News-Herald.
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