The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment on Feb. 11 said that it will hold public statement hearings in the Town of Coeymans in Albany County to receive comments on the Hecate Energy Albany 1 LLC and Hecate Energy Albany 2 LLC proposal to build and operate a 40-MW, photovoltaic (PV) solar electric generating facility in Coeymans.
The project would consist of arrays of ground-mounted PV solar panels installed on a 436-acre site, the board said, adding that points of interconnection with the electric grid would be to existing National Grid 115-kV transmission lines that cross the southern portion of the project site.
Opportunities for public information and comment will be held on Feb. 18 in Ravena, N.Y., the board said. Other ways to comment include via the internet at www.dps.ny.gov (Case Number 17-F-0617) and by telephone at 1-800-335-2120, the board said.
In a June 2019 petition, Hecate Energy Albany 1 LLC and Hecate Energy Albany 2 LLC — referred to as the co-applicants — said that the Coeymans Solar Farm is proposed within an area located between US Route 9W and County Route 101, encompassing about 436 acres. The facility would have a nameplate capacity of about 40 MW (alternating current) and is expected to generate about 73,000 MWh of energy annually. The actual facility footprint would occupy about 220 acres, or 50%, of the total 436-acre facility area, the co-applicants added.
The co-applicants noted that they have an option to lease the facility area parcels from private landowners, and that additional land agreements will not be needed for interconnections because all related interconnection facilities would be built on the lands that have been secured within the facility area.