Proposed public involvement program plan filed for solar farm in New York

Invenergy Solar Project Development LLC on Oct. 5 filed with the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (siting board) a proposed public involvement program (PIP) plan for the Horseshoe Solar Farm for state Department of Public Service (DPS) review.

The solar farm is a 180-MW solar electric generating facility to be located in the Town of Caledonia, Livingston County, N.Y., the filing noted.

Horseshoe Solar (HSS) plans to submit an application to build the major electric generating facility under Article 10 of the Public Service Law. Under the siting board’s rules, applicants proposing to submit an application to build a major electric generating facility under Article 10 must submit a PIP plan. The PIP must be submitted to the DPS for review at least 150 days prior to filing a preliminary scoping statement, the filing added.

HSS, which is a project of Invenergy Solar Development North America LLC, intends to build, own, operate, and maintain all components of the project, except for an interconnection switchyard, which will be built by HSS and then transferred to National Grid.

HSS is planning the project to have a maximum generating capability of 180 MW from solar panels located on land leased from owners of private property located in Caledonia, the filing added. Project facilities would include solar panels and racking, access roads, inverters, buried and overhead electric collection lines; a project substation; an operation and maintenance building; and electrical interconnection facilities.

The anticipated life of the project is about 35 years, the filing added, noting that HSS anticipates the interconnection facilities would include the 115-kV switchyard built adjacent to National Grid’s Golah-Batavia 115-kV line.

HSS estimates the project would operate at an annual net capacity factor of 22.7%, which means that the project, if built at the maximum expected generating capacity of 180 MW, would generate about 359,500 MWh of energy per year.

The filing also said that the project plans to enter into a PILOT agreement with the Livingston County Industrial Development Agencies and it would be subject to special district taxes.

Discussing stakeholder involvement, the filing noted that HSS would notify stakeholders of such project milestones as open houses and scoping consultations.

HSS would notify stakeholders when the PSS and application are available on the project website and at various document repositories. Stakeholders include:

  • Host communities – HSS identified town boards and county boards representing any portion of the facility site by review of town and county boundary maps – those boards are considered stakeholders
  • Federal agencies – agencies of the U.S. government that were identified using HSS’ experience in developing wind and solar projects in New York
  • Public interest groups – organizations that serve interests of the public in the study area were identified from discussions with the county planning departments and from the 2018 lists of county officials that includes county and town historians
  • Area residents – residents of the study area that are not participating landowners or adjacent owners are included in the stakeholder list as one group
  • Participating landowners – property owners who have entered into lease, easement, purchase option, or setback agreements with HSS that would allow construction of project facilities on or near their property are considered participating landowners

Among other things, the filing noted that HSS would maintain an internal log of comments or questions that cannot be answered in a few words or that may have interest to a broad audience. HSS would refer to that comment log in development of the PSS and application to ensure that comments are being adequately addressed, the filing noted.

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