Boralex’s Newport Solar project is a 130-megawatt (MWac) photovoltaic solar energy generation facility to be located in the Town of Deerfield in Oneida County and the Town of Newport in Herkimer County in New York State. The project will have an estimated footprint of 900 acres, including solar arrays and other project features such as the site roads, and an electrical interconnection to the National Grid 115kV circuit.
Currently in early-stage development, the facility is expected to be commissioned in 2025. Boralex is in the process of developing all studies, supporting materials, and applications required to complete the permitting and interconnection approval requirements.
This project aligns with the New York State Public Service Commission’s Clean Energy Standard, which supports the development of clean energy and renewable resources in New York State (NYS).
Currently in early-stage development, the facility is expected to be commissioned in 2025.
Boralex has started public consultation activities including outreach to municipalities, local stakeholders, and nonparticipating landowners located near the project site.
Environmental and permitting activities began in Q4 2021. All project infrastructure will be situated in such a manner as to respect municipal, state, and federal regulations as well as taking into consideration feedback from residents and other stakeholders.
Construction is expected to begin in 2024.
The Facility would offer economic, social, and environmental benefits to New York State (NYS), Herkimer and Oneida Counties and the Towns of Deerfield and Newport, and would:
- Create approximately 150 jobs during construction
- Create long-term jobs to support operations
- Boost local economy and add commerce for local businesses during the construction and the operation
- Provide significant tax revenues to the local school districts and municipalities
- Provide quiet, emission free, reliable power to NYS
- Help NYS achieve its goal of 70% of clean power generation by 2030
Surveys and Studies
Environmental field surveys have commenced on the site, which initially includes winter raptor surveys. Additional breeding bird surveys, noise studies, archeological studies, geotechnical borings and electrical resistivity testing, as well as other environmental and technical studies are expected to take place in 2022. These studies and surveys are required as part of the regulatory application process described below.
Process for Renewable Energy Projects
The Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act (the “Act”) was passed in April 2020 as part of the 2020-21 enacted state budget. The Act adds a new section 94-c to the Executive Law, titled Major Renewable Energy Development (the “94-c Process”), which is intended to establish a review process with uniform permit standards for New York State renewable energy projects in place of the procedures set forth in Article 10 of the Public Service Law (“Article 10").
The Act creates a newly established Office of Renewable Energy Siting (“ORES”), within the New York State Department of State, as part of the 94-c Process to provide a single forum for the environmental review and permitting of proposed major renewable energy facilitates, which includes renewable energy systems with a nameplate generating capacity of 25 megawatts (MW) or more, co-located energy storage systems, and electric transmission facilities less than 10 miles in length.
The Newport Solar project will be subject to the regulations outlined in the 94-c process and Boralex intends to make an application for the Project to ORES in 2023.
Boralex anticipates holding public open houses during the development phase of this project. More information to come.
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