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Waterloo applies for intervenor funds for solar farm review

Trelina Solar Energy Center LLC has made $28,000 available to parties that want to intervene in the Article 10 Preliminary Scoping Statement process for the company’s proposed 80 megawatt solar farm in the west end of the town of Waterloo.

The town has applied for the entire amount. The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment requires that at least 50 percent of the $28,000 be reserved for municipal government use.

The Article 10 state process takes the project review and land use approval responsibilities from the town Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. The intervenor funding is a way to allow the local governments to participate in the process.

Trelina, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources of Juno Beach, Fla., filed the scoping statement — also called a PSS — on Oct. 10. The town applied for the intervenor funds Nov. 15.

In its application, the town says it wants to use the money to obtain legal services from the Benjamin & James law firm, town attorneys, that goes beyond their normal course of legal services. The town also wants to use the money to hire MRB Group of Rochester for engineering and technical assistance and consulting services on the project.

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