A New York community solar plan for the Town of Batavia has been scheduled for public hearings on Jan. 19. During a Zoom videoconference held on Dec. 15, the Town of Batavia Planning Board opted to allow public opinions to be heard at a later session. The session is to discuss and voice concerns about the solar projects planned for 5117 Ellicott St. Rd.
According to Kathy Jasinski, the Planning Board Chair, Ellicott Street Road residents were prepped to discuss the project during the Dec. 15 meeting. Some of them had also taken part in the Genesee County Planning Board meeting that took place the week before. However, the board decided to schedule the public hearings for January and halted any positive or negative views from being shared.
The New York community solar plan includes two facilities, including a 5-megawatt and a 4-megawatt solar array. The 5-megawatt facility is planned for construction on 18.2 acres of land ina 65-acre parcel. Though the 4-megawatt system may draw in less energy, it is expected to be built on nearly 20 acres of land on a 71-acre parcel. The acreage is part of farmland owned by Donald Partridge off Route 63.
Not only is Partridge offering his land for the Trousdale Solar I and Trousdale Solar II community solar projects, he is also a member of the planning board. As he has a vested interest in the facilities, he has already noted that he will not participate in any voting.
Among some of the concerns expected to be discussed at the January meeting is the proximity of the two sites. Though there may appear to be an issue with how close the two sites are, Jasinski explained that she felt they were “two separate entities” and, therefore, would not go against current zoning limitations.
Should the community solar referrals be approved, they will be developed by Cypress Creek Renewables LLC.