A 1.6-megawatt community solar service has been proposed by Renewable Properties of San Francisco. The facility, planned for 7390 Kirkville Road, is expected to generate enough energy to power approximately 327 homes in the Town of Manlius. Once operational, the facility will serve the local community and provide an affordable and accessible option for renewable energy.
Located east of the East Syracuse Minoa High School, the facility will be constructed on the south side of Kirkville Road. Though two homes flank the plot of land, Renewable Properties confirmed that a nearby buffer of forestry would prevent the site from being an eyesore for the residential properties.
Through community solar, homeowners, tenants, and small businesses can partake in renewable energy. The facility will generate solar energy, which will be filtered through the local utility company. To participate in the community solar service, customers will subscribe to a unit of the facility. Subscriptions are risk-free and non-committal, meaning customers can cancel their agreement at any time with no penalty. In exchange for participating in the program, subscribers will receive a credit on their monthly utility bills.
Along with the community solar facility planned for Kirkville Road, the Town of Manlius has seen four additional arrays approved. A fifth facility is also under consideration for a landfill site on Bowman Road.
The Kirkman Road community solar installation will take up only seven acres of the more than 25-acre parcel. There is currently no plan for the remaining acreage and it will remain undeveloped.
Manlius’ community solar farm will be Renewable Properties’ seventh solar array across four states. Its current and planned portfolio totals 300 megawatts.
Renewable Properties is awaiting approval from the Manilus Planning Board for a site plan and special use permit. The developer hopes to begin construction by the summer of 2021 and complete it by winter.