A planned community solar facility in Chautauqua County has been made possible thanks to the approval of a Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) agreement. During a Tuesday meeting, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) Board of Directors reviewed Hanover PV, LLC’s request for financial assistance for the solar project. The board agreed to allow Hanover to move forward with the project with financial assistance in the form of sales tax, real property tax, and mortgage recording tax abatements.
When the planned community solar facility is operational, it will provide renewable energy to Chautauqua residents at a discounted rate. Homeowners and small business owners will receive the discount as part of the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation’s Community Distributed Generation Program. The program provides utility ratepayers with the ability to subscribe to a solar program and receive monthly bill credits to reduce the overall cost of electricity.
According to Hanover PV, the proposed facility will be a 5-megawatt farm constructed on just over 31 acres of land. The facility will be located in the Town of Hanover in Silver Creek, near Routes 5 and 20. To prevent an eyesore for the community, the facility will be set 12 acres away from the thoroughfare, with that 12-acre space being left open to commercial or retail development.
According to Chautauqua County’s Deputy County Executive for Economic Development and CCIDA’s CEO, Mark Geise, working with Hanover PV and its parent company, RIC Development LLC, has been a relatively easy process. Overall, the county is happy to support the projects and bring new solar energy developments to Hanover and Chautauqua.
County executive PJ Wendel states that the town has been looking to add solar developments, and it is happy to see the joint efforts of the town and CCIDA to make it a reality. According to Hanover PV, the planned community solar facility will begin construction in the spring of 2021. It plans to have the site operational by the summer of that year.