Ball Hill Wind Energy LLC, the developer of a 100-MW wind facility in the Towns of Villenova and Hanover in Chautauqua County, on May 12 petitioned the Chair of the New York Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment for a declaratory ruling.
Ball Hill requested that the chair decide that a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the project is not required pursuant to Section 162(4)(d) of the Public Service Law. Although permitting is well underway pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), Ball Hill said it requires the clarity and certainty of a declaratory ruling to consummate financing.
Development of the project began in 2008 with an application filed for a Special Use Permit and Wind Overlay Zoning District under Local Law No. 1 of 2007, the Wind Energy Facilities Law of the Town of Villenova. That application described the project as wind energy facilities producing approximately 100 MW of renewable energy including, without limitation, access roads, an electrical collection system, laydown areas, operations and maintenance areas, an electrical transmission system, a substation and switchyard, and other utility related infrastructure. The project’s location extends east to west from Zahm Road to Dye Road, and north to south from Stebbins Road to Route 83.
Ball Hill is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RES America Developments Inc. (RES America). The RES Group of companies have constructed over 160 renewable energy projects with a total capacity of more than 9,000 MW around the world. RES America has been active in North America since 1997, and has a renewable energy and storage construction portfolio that exceeds 7,500 MW and over 80 projects, as well as 600 miles of overhead and underground transmission lines.
The company noted that in September 2015, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the project was selected by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as the largest of five large-scale clean energy projects that will help the state meet its Reforming the Energy Vision goal to increase the amount of electricity generated by renewable energy sources. In total, NYSERDA awarded approximately $175 million in contracts to the selected projects, which are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the resiliency of New York’s electric grid and energy infrastructure while decreasing the state’s reliance on fossil fuels, leading to a cleaner, healthier environment, the company added.
The project company’s website is at: http://www.ballhillwind.com/