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Cayuga County looks to protect roads from renewable energy project damage

Cayuga County is taking steps to safeguard its roads against damage from the construction of large-scale solar and wind energy projects in towns like Conquest and Venice. Brian Soper, the county’s highway superintendent, has announced plans to require bonds from solar and wind companies during the permitting process. These bonds are intended to ensure funds are available for any necessary road repairs resulting from heavy truck traffic associated with the construction of these renewable energy installations.


A significant 200-megawatt solar farm is set to be constructed in Conquest, alongside plans to install 22 wind turbines in southern Cayuga County. The construction equipment for the wind turbines, particularly, poses a concern due to its substantial weight, prompting the county to seek financial safeguards.

Collaborating with the county attorney’s office, Cayuga County aims to introduce “boilerplate” language into agreements with renewable energy companies, compelling them to compensate for any roadway damage. This proactive approach reflects the county’s commitment to balancing the growth of renewable energy projects with the preservation of public infrastructure.