An Alternative Energy Series, Solar Energy in the Twin Tiers


BATH, N.Y. (WETM)- Forms of renewable energy is one of the fastest growing energy sources, accounting for around two-thirds of the increase in global power. Another alternative energy project has been approved in Steuben county that will be another source of clean energy.

A new solar farm, with the capability to produce around 19- megawatts of clean energy, is planned to be built at the old landfill site in Bath. Construction will take around two years to complete and will give this old site a new purpose.

“The old landfill at this point can’t really serve any other purposes. We put the garbage in there and it’s closed. This is a good way I think for us to get some additional beneficial value out of that site,” Richard Bills, Environmental Project Coordinator.

If you are a resident within Steuben county and are also a NYSEG customer you will be able to benefit from this project. NYSEG customers could see a savings of ten percent on their electric bill, once the site is operational.

“Big advantage of this is 10% off the electric bill. If people use NYSEG, if they’re Steuben county residents, and if they signup with Abundant solar power company. If they do those three things they will get ten percent off their electric bill,” Vincent Spagnoletti, Commissioner of Public Works.

“This type of project any money we make on it helps our operation and that helps us control our costs. Our costs basically translate into what we charge people to bring garbage to the landfill. So anyone who will use this landfill will benefit,” Bills said.

It’s not just the human residents that will benefit from this project. The sheep that already live at the site will still have a home and food to eat! “They basically take care of the grass for us, they help maintain the cap, and they get to eat the grass and we get the free lawn mowing,” Bills said.

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