Editor’s Note: The following is a legal notice submitted by North Seneca Solar Project, LLC.
North Seneca Solar Project, LLC is proposing to construct the North Seneca Solar Project, a major solar electric generating facility, under Section 94-c of the Executive Law (Section 94-c). This notice announces that on or about January 31, 2024, North Seneca Solar Project, LLC intends to file an Application with the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (“ORES” or the “Office”), pursuant to Section 94-c seeking a Siting Permit from the Office authorizing the construction and operation of the North Seneca Solar Project. The 94-c process has been implemented by rules enacted by the Office and establishes a review process with uniform standards and conditions for all renewable energy projects. The uniform standards and conditions are available at 19 NYCRR 900-6 and www.ores.ny.gov/regulations.
The North Seneca Solar Project is proposed to be an up to 90 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic electric generating facility to be located in the Towns of Waterloo and Junius, Seneca County, New York (the “Project”). The Facility will consist of photovoltaic panel arrays, as well as associated inverters, electric collection lines, a point of interconnection (POI), an on-site collection substation, access roads, and fence lines (the “Facility”). The POI will connect the Facility substation to the existing National Grid 115 kilovolt transmission line and will serve the NYISO power grid.
The Facility is a zero-emission solar energy facility that will help meet the State goals of the Climate Leadership and Protection Act and State Energy Plan, which includes obtaining 70% of energy generation from renewable sources by 2030 and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Other positive impacts of the Project include diversifying energy supplies, diversifying sources of income for landowners through land lease payments and easement agreements, new employment opportunities, increased tax revenues to the Towns of Waterloo and Junius, Seneca County, and the Waterloo Central School District, boosting local economy through purchase of equipment and materials, and increasing revenue to local hospitality providers during construction and operations. North Seneca Solar Project, LLC will submit an application that will include various studies evaluating the potential impacts associated with the Facility and identified methods to avoid, minimize and mitigate potential impacts (“Application”). This notice is being provided in accordance with 19 NYCRR 900-1.3(d) and is being published at least sixty (60) days prior to the filing of the Application. For more information about the Project, please visit the Project website at https://www.northsenecasolarproject.com/, the ORES website (https://ores.ny.gov/permit-applications under ORES Matter No. 23-00036), or contact North Seneca Solar Project, LLC at:
North Seneca Solar Project, LLC
Attn: Camille Kaynor, Development Manager
422 Admiral Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64106
Toll Free Phone: 816-509-4173
Email: [email protected]
A hard copy of the Application, when filed, will be available for review at the following local document repository: Waterloo Library & Historical Society, 31 East Williams Street, Waterloo, NY 13165.
Pursuant to 19 NYCRR 900-5, North Seneca Solar Project, LLC will submit with the Application $1,000 dollars for each MW of capacity for local agencies and potential intervenors, which for this project totals $90,000. Any local agency or potential community intervenor can submit a request to the Office for funding within thirty (30) days of the date of the Application filing. 75% of the local agency account funds shall be reserved for local agencies. Intervenor requests can be made to: the Office of Renewable Energy Siting, Attn: Request for Local Agency Account Funding, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12231-0001.