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Public gets peek at massive solar power plan in Wayne County

Residents got their first look this week at a proposed solar farm that would be one of the largest in the nation.

The first of two public information sessions was held at the Rose Union Community Center Wednesday to outline the Rosalen Solar Energy Center, a proposed solar power facility on 2,000 acres that would generate up to 350 megawatts of electricity. It’s estimated it could power up to 80,000 homes.

The event was hosted by EDF Renewables, which is hoping the Rosalen project will be among the next round of large-scale solar projects selected by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

If approved — and this process is about three years long — construction would start in 2023 or ‘24, with the solar farm operational by 2024.

“We want to share the facts of the project to the community,” said Kevin Campbell, development manager of EDF Renewables, one of several project members on hand to answer questions from the public. “We really want to get their feedback on a one-to-one basis.”

He said Rosalen could be tweaked based on that input, which is required under the state’s Article 10 law governing the construction and operation of major power-generating facilities.

EDF is hosting a second public session next Wednesday at the Clyde Grange.

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