N.Y. siting board: Public hearing scheduled for March 19 on proposed 50-MW solar facility

The board also said that the project would interconnect with the existing Sharon-Marshville 69-kV transmission line, which is owned by National Grid

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment on Jan. 31 said that a public statement hearing will be held on March 19 in Sharon Springs, N.Y., regarding a proposed 50-MW solar facility.

As noted in the filing, in September 2019, East Point Energy Center, LLC, a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, filed an application seeking authority to build a 50-MW, photovoltaic (PV) solar electric generating facility, to be located on about 350 acres of private land in the Town of Sharon, Schoharie County.

The project would consist of commercial-scale arrays of solar PV generating panels connected by underground, and possibly overhead, electric collection lines that would generate electricity supplied to the state’s bulk electric transmission system. The board also said that the project would interconnect with the existing Sharon-Marshville 69-kV transmission line, which is owned by Niagara Mohawk Power d/b/a National Grid.

As noted on the project website, project facilities would include access roads, electric collection lines, and electrical interconnection facilities.

The board said that other ways to comment on the matter include online at the state Department of Public Service website, www.dps.ny.gov, (Case Number 17-F-0599); by email at secretary@dps.ny.gov; by mail at Secretary Phillips, New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350; and by phone at 1-800-335-2120.