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PUBLIC NOTICE: 3-day notice of intent to file an application

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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 February 29, 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 three (3) 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] 

Copies of the Application, when filed, will be available for review at the following local document repositories:  Waterloo Library & Historical Society, 31 East Williams Street, Waterloo, NY 13165, and Clyde-Savannah Public  Library, 204 Glasgow Street, Clyde, NY 14433. 

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. The form  for submitting intervenor requests is available on the ORES website at  https://ores.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2023/10/laaf_request_form-10-1-2023.pdf. Intervenor requests may be  sent by mail to the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES), Attention: Request for Local Agency Account Funding  (Matter No. 23-00036), c/o: OGS Mailroom, Empire State Plaza, 240 State Street, P-1 South J Dock, Albany, NY  12242, or by email to [email protected].