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Proposed solar project in Wayne would be one of nation’s largest

A California-based renewable energy company with global headquarters in Paris is proposing to build a utility-scale solar farm on nearly 2,000 acres in the towns of Galen and Rose that could power up to 70,000 homes.

The estimated cost to build what would be one of the largest solar-energy facilities in the nation: $300 million.

EDF Renewables North America is calling the 350-megawatt development the Rosalen Solar project, and it is hoping to be one of the large-scale solar projects to be selected this year by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

NYSERDA offers significant financial incentives for large-scale renewable energy projects as part of the state’s efforts to get 70 percent of its electricity supply from renewable energy by 2030.

Rose Supervisor Kenan Baldridge said a number of small-scale solar projects are in the works in Wayne County, but what is being proposed in his town and the neighbor to the south, Galen, is much different.

“This is definitely industrial-scale,” Baldridge said. “These are not your backyard solar panels.”

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