New York siting board seeks comments regarding proposed solar facility, storage system

The project components would include solar arrays, access roads, buried and possibly overhead electric collection lines, energy storage, and electrical interconnection facilities, the board said

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, in a July 10 notice, said that it is seeking comments by July 27 on stipulations proposed by Excelsior Energy Center, LLC involving the proposed Excelsior Energy Center in the Town of Byron, Genesee County, N.Y.

As noted in the filing, the Excelsior Energy Center is a 280-MW solar energy center and a 20-MW/four-hour duration energy storage system.

The project components would include solar arrays, access roads, buried and possibly overhead electric collection lines, energy storage, and electrical interconnection facilities. The board added that during construction, the project would require one or more laydown yards. Additional project facilities would consist of a new collection substation and 345-kV switchyard, which would be used to connect to the New York State grid and would be transferred to the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to own, maintain, and operate.

The proposed collection substation and interconnection facilities would be located on land adjacent to NYPA’s 345-kV Line #NR2, between its Niagara and N. Rochester substations, the board added, noting that the project would be located on land leased from owners of private property in Byron.

As noted in the filing, the proposed stipulations include the scope and types of studies to be conducted; the content and analysis for each exhibit and/or study; the types of maps, drawings, or explanations to be provided; and the methodologies to be used in performing studies.

 

 

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