The town of Catlin hosts a public information meeting to discuss what a solar farm could mean for the community.
With New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s push for 50% renewable energy statewide by 2030, the small town of Catlin may be the next spot to work towards that goal.
About thirty people met Monday, June 13 at the Grace Lee Church located on 2069 Chambers Road to discuss a possible solar farm in town. Representatives from Ithaca-based Renovus answered community questions about the solar power company proposal to install a three acre solar farm at 68 Callahan Road, consisting of 1,746 solar modules.
General Manager, Jon McNamara described solar as a win-win for communities and said the proposal was well received by the Monday night attendees.
“It’s a savings for residents, it’s an increase to the tax base, it’s using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels, it’s job creation,” said McNamara. “It’s all those things everybody wants it to be.”
Town Supervisor, Laverne Phelps added he’s excited by the economic boost this plan could have for the area residents.
“The company is offering to the residents who signed up for their power a 10% savings on an annual basis,” said Phelps.
“For the first time ever you are going to be able to buy renewable energy below market rate at a 10% savings to what you currently pay for electricity,” said McNamara. “So that that is a huge economic win for the town.”
While the company is eager to start, and claims the project would take no longer than 10 weeks to install and is virtually maintenance free and remotely monitored, steps remain before anyone involved gets a green light.
The Town Board has taken no action at this point regarding applications other than general discussion, action by the Town Planning Board would be required moving forward.
“Now the town board can look at what direction we want to go and then the town board will direct the planning board to come up with a plan,” explained Phelps.
Phelps said there will be more opportunities for the community to attend future informational meetings and added it will be another two to three month process before any major decisions are made.
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