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Tyre supervisor appeals to Hochul to stop massive solar project

Tyre Town Supervisor Beth Partee is the latest official from the northern Seneca County town to make a plea to state officials about stopping a major solar project there.

She made a formal appeal to Governor Kathy Hochul to reevaluate the major solar project planned for Gravel Road.

The project, initiated by Delaware River Solar, proposes the construction of a 675-acre solar facility along the town’s southern border. It has already conditionally secured an unspecified state grant.

The project’s scale exceeds 25 megawatts, placing it under the jurisdiction of the state Office of Renewable Energy Siting rather than local authorities.

In her letter to Governor Hochul, Partee emphasized the potential environmental impact of the project, particularly its proximity to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, an important migratory path for various bird species.

Furthermore, Partee highlighted the conflict of installing half of the solar facility on prime farmland, contrary to the state Department of Agriculture & Markets policy and the town’s comprehensive plan.

She urged for the consideration of alternative sites, like the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, and criticized the lack of community engagement and transparency in the planning process. Concluding her appeal, Partee called for a more thoughtful and inclusive approach to state clean energy initiatives, respecting local municipalities’ values and aspirations.