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Neighborhood group opposed to Waterloo solar development frustrated as public hearing approaches

The neighborhood group opposed to the Trelina Solar Energy project in the town of Waterloo is frustrated by the denial of intervenor funds by the state’s Board of Electric Generation Siting and the Environment.

“We are dismayed that our association, an association of homeowners who are concerned about the impacts that this solar farm will have on our community, was denied in total any of the set-aside intervenor funds,” Association spokesman and Packwood Road resident Joe Wukitsch told the Finger Lakes Times. “Our association researched how one should apply for those funds and what those funds may be used for.”

Public comments will take place next Tuesday on February 16. The group was denied $40,000 in funding to hire experts and consultants to review the impact of the 80 megawatt solar project. It would sit in the area of Packwood and Served roads.

Wukitsch said calls to various state offices and internet research revealed no guidelines or direction relative to what would constitute a positive positioning for an award, according to the Finger Lakes Times. “We also reached out to an attorney who specializes in these matters,” Wukitsch said. “In a conference with two of our association’s officers, we were informed that we would have to use our own financial resources first to retain him, and that was just for his advice on how and the wherefores of moving forward.”

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