EDF Renewables, Inc., subsidiary EDF Renewables Development on March 25 filed with the New York State Public Service Commission a public involvement program (PIP) plan regarding the Tracy Solar Energy Center, which is proposed to be an approximately 119-MW alternating current (AC) photovoltaic (PV) solar energy generation facility to be located in the towns of Orleans and Clayton in Jefferson County, N.Y.
The facility may include about 20 MW – 80 MWh – of energy storage, according to the PIP, which also noted that the facility would interconnect to the New York power grid via a new point of interconnection (POI), tapping into the Thousand Island to Lyme 115-kV transmission line located within the facility area. The POI would be a new substation and POI switchyard to be built within the facility area; the project substation would be owned and operated by EDF Renewables, while the POI switchyard would be owned and operated by National Grid.
Discussing the study area, the PIP noted that EDF Renewables proposes a two-mile radius study area from – and including – all facility components. Municipalities within the study area include the towns of Orleans and Clayton, as well as the hamlets of LaFargeville, Depauville, and Stone Mills. The PIP added that unique resources within the study area include the Perch River Wildlife Management Area and three properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. EDF Renewables has not determined when the final facility layout would be completed.
The PIP also noted that EDF Renewables has been communicating with landowners since last summer to gauge project support and secure the project footprint with participating landowners.
Among other things, the PIP said that EDF Renewables will continue pre-application activities to encourage stakeholder participation; a project website and local document repositories will ensure information is available to stakeholders.