Steuben County approves solar farm

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BATH, N.Y. (WETM) – Steuben County legislators have approved a 25-year lease and subscriber contract with Abundant Solar Inc. for a 19 MW project at the county landfill on Saddleback Road in Bath, with smaller sites expected to be set up in the future on other county-owned land.

The Toronto-based firm has extensive experience with solar-power developments in Canada, New York, and Maryland.

Solar energy is expected to become another source of renewable energy in the county and provide a modest income for owners of suitable properties.

The county landfill project is expected to be completed within two years and could bring in annual revenues of $10,000.

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board) granted approval to Eight Point Wind LLC to build and operate a wind farm facility in Steuben County last week.

Three months ago, Steuben’s online Mapping Resources went live and is designed to help local governments if they are approached by solar energy companies. The tool shows properties in each town that could be developed for sizeable solar projects, known as “panels.”

The Mapping Resources tool was developed by county GIS Coordinator Dan Kahabka and can be found here.

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