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Project director for NextEra Energy answers questions Monday night regarding solar panel project in Waterloo

Monday night there was a meeting held with a Trelina Solar Energy Center official answering questions about a project proposal on Packwood and Serven Road.

Project director for NextEra Energy, Kris Scornavacca, answered questions about the project, which will create solar panels in the area.

Some of the issues brought up included loss of farm land, reduction in property value, and the claim that this project would bring large amounts of revenue to the town.


Scornavacca said the application is undergoing review by the state agencies and have considered numerous studies related to the project.

He also explained that property taxes generated for the project will be around $425,000 a year for 20-25 years.

A resident asked about a study that describes global climate change due to heat created from the solar panels, to which Scornavacca replied certificate conditions would be followed as well as changes to designs if necessary.

Scornavacca said the town can use the revenue it receives from Trelina under the host community agreement as it sees fit, including any priorities the town has.

The board was asked to pass a motion to request a one year moratorium on the solar panel project to give Governor Kathy Hochul a chance to create her own policies and procedures.

Supervisor Don Trout said it could be discussed in the future but that would not be happening Monday night.



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