New York approves permitting for largest solar project in the state

New York State Approved a Site Application for a Renewable Energy Developer Hecate Energy‘s 500-MW Cider Solar Farm. The New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) ruling makes Cider Solar Farm the largest solar project ever authorized in the state.

“This permit marks an important milestone not only for Hecate Energy, but also in making meaningful progress toward New York State’s ambitious climate goals,” said Harrison Luna, Hecate Energy’s developer for the Cider Solar Farm. “We are grateful for the support and coordination for the Cider Solar Project that we have received from the community leadership of the Oakfield and Elba City Governments. Hecate Energy experienced a positive collaborative interaction with ORES during the permitting process, which was key to moving this project forward.”

Cider Solar Farm will be built on nearly 3,000 acres spanning Elba and Oakfield. Hecate Energy expects to start building the solar park in 2023. Construction is expected to create jobs for 495 full-time employees. When the project is complete, it will be connected to the New York State grid through the Dysinger-New Rochester 345 kV transmission line.

“Cider Solar Farm represents a significant $500 million private infrastructure investment in Western New York – not only will this project create hundreds of local jobs, but it will also directly fund local governments, schools and community services such as fire and ambulance services,” said Luna.

The solar farm will produce 920,000 MWh of renewable electricity annually – enough to power more than 120,000 average New York households. Cider Solar is the first license issued by ORES from the new state office; all previous ORES-approved projects initially submitted their permit applications under the older Article 10 placement process.

News item from Hecate Energy

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