A 500 megawatt Cider Solar Farm Makes a Significant Step Toward Reaching the Clean Energy Goals of the Empire States
The largest solar energy project in New York State history, the 500 megawatt (MW) Cider Solar Farm, has received approval from New York’s Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES). The permit is also the first one ORES has given for a project whose application was initially submitted to the new state office in accordance with Section 94-c regulations, which transferred all earlier ORES-permitted projects from Article 10 processes. Cider Solar Farm will be able to produce 920,000 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity annually, which is more than enough to power 120,000 typical New York homes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the emissions-free energy from Cider Solar Farm will yearly offset 718,694 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which are the same as the emissions produced by 141,794 passenger automobiles annually. NY ELBA The 500 megawatt (MW) Cider Solar Farm’s siting application has been approved by the state, according to Hecate Energy, a top developer, owner, and operator of renewable energy projects and energy storage solutions in the US.
The Cider Solar Farm is now the biggest solar energy producing project ever approved in the state according to a historic decision by the New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES). It is also the first permit given by ORES for a project whose initial permit application was submitted to the new state office; all earlier ORES-permitted projects initially submitted their permit applications in accordance with the more antiquated Article 10 siting procedure.
According to Harrison Luna, project developer for Hecate Energy’s Cider Solar Farm, receiving this permit represents a significant turning point in the company’s efforts to meaningfully advance New York State’s ambitious climate goals. We are grateful to the civic leadership of the town governments of Oakfield and Elba for their collaboration and support of the Cider Solar Project. During the permitting process, Hecate Energy and ORES had productive, cooperative interactions that were essential to moving this project forward.
The communities of Elba and Oakfield will be home to the almost 3,000-acre Cider Solar Farm. Hecate Energy intends to begin building the solar farm by 2023. 495 full-time jobs are anticipated to be created as a result of the construction. When the project is finished, the Dysinger-New Rochester 345kV transmission line will connect it to the electrical grid in New York State.
According to Luna, the $500 million Cider Solar Farm project is a significant private infrastructure investment in Western New York. In addition to creating hundreds of local jobs, it will also contribute directly to local governments, schools, and community services like the fire department and ambulance squad.
920,000 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity, or enough to power more than 120,000 typical New York households, will be available annually from the solar farm. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the emissions-free energy from Cider Solar Farm will yearly offset 718,694 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which are the same as the emissions produced by 141,794 passenger automobiles annually.
Visit the project website at www.CiderSolarFarm.com or get in touch with Harrison Luna, the project developer, for more information about Hecate Energy and the projected Cider Solar Farm.
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