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What’s up with Waterloo’s Trelina Solar farm?

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While residents advocate against siting a new solar farm in Tyre, another project in North Seneca appears to have slowed down.

The Trelina Solar Energy Center, an 80 megawatt solar farm project approved nearly two years ago, is still awaiting the start of its construction in Waterloo.

The state Board on Electric Generation Siting had voted 6-1 on November 29, 2021, to approve a permit for the project, which is set to be one of the largest solar farms in the area.

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However, NextEra Energy Resources, the Florida-based company behind the project, is still in the process of submitting the necessary information to the New York State Public Service Commission for final approval before construction can commence.

The company tells the Finger Lakes Times that they remain committed to the project.

The solar project, first introduced in 2019, promises an array of things for the community, despite not being overwhelmingly popular. This includes “millions of dollars” in additional tax revenue, which could enhance local schools, roads, and essential services.

The Trelina solar farm is planned to occupy about 40% of the 1,067 acres leased from Gem Lake Farms, located off Packwood Road at the west end of the town.