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Waterloo Town Board looks to regulate solar energy systems

Solar energy will be the focus of Monday’s Town Board meeting.

The board will consider a resolution calling for a Feb. 25 public hearing, part of the board’s next regular meeting, on the introduction of Local Law 1 of 2019. The legislation is entitled “Solar Energy Systems, Chapter 134.”

A Florida company called NextEra Energy Resources wants to build an 80 megawatt solar facility in the town. The company is rumored to be eying 200-500 acres in the area of Pre-Emption, Serven, Packwood and Border City roads.

The proposed local law would provide guidance as to the installation of residential, small-scale and large-scale commercial solar installations in the town. It defines such facilities, based on acreage, with large-scale projects to be located on non-prime farmland with marginal soil quality. It also includes a requirement that developers post a bond for 20 years, with a renewal after 15 years, to protect against a project being abandoned once it stops producing electricity.

Also Monday, the board will consider a motion notifying interested agencies of the town’s intention to be lead agency in the State Environmental Quality Review process.

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