Information that was shared by a couple of SL Residents. TY for sharing.
Today’s Batavia Daily News reports:
CASTILE — A planned 24.99 megawatt solar facility is among 20 renewable energy projects set to receive $1.5 billion in state funding.
Silver Lake Solar is a project by Geronimo Energy of Minneapolis, Minn. It will produce 24.99 megawatts of electricity and encompass about 175 acres on the Faryna farm property off Route 39 south of the village of Perry, according to state and county officials.
“We’re supportive of it,” said Town Supervisor Keith Granger on Wednesday. “It should bring some benefits to the town.”
The funding was announced by the The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in the aftermath of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 State of the State Address. State officials said the projects will generate $4 billion in direct investment in the clean energy sector and will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Geronimo has been working with local community members, said company spokeswoman Lindsay T. Smith in an emailed response to questions. It’s estimated construction and operations will start in 2021.
The electricity generated would go into the general grid.
“The project plans to interconnect into an adjacent utility substation, and similar to any home or business, will require installation of some additional electrical equipment to safely inject the power generated into the grid,” Smith said. “The final electrical design will be dependent upon an interconnection study that is currently underway.”
Besides generating electricity, the project will also pose benefits for the town and Wyoming County.
A Payment In Lieu of Taxes plan will be developed with the Wyoming County Industrial Development Agency, said Director William Daly of the county’s Planning and Development department. The resulting funds will benefit the town, county and surrounding school district.
Geronimo Energy renewable energy development company whose satellite offices include a location in New York.
The firm has developed more than 2,200 megawatts of wind and solar projects that are either in operation or currently under construction. Silver Lake Solar marks the third NYSERDA REC contract awarded to Geronimo, totaling nearly 65 MW to date, Smith said.
Additionally, Geronimo’s New York renewable energy development portfolio of over 300 MW is poised to provide millions of dollars of investment and tax revenue to the state.
A key part of Geronimo’s development philosophy is the notion of “farmer-friendly”, which means that Geronimo develops projects that are not only community-driven, but also economic drivers for local host communities, Smith said.
Why is this the first we have heard about this? “The installation of some additional electric equipment “ that may be required is very vague. While solar is generally less intrusive on the landscape than wind power and can allow for preservation of open space, it would seem that there should be some input by residents in this process. What does the SLA know?