Rensselaerville’s proposed solar law defines a small-scale solar installation as one that generates no more than 25 kilowatts, or 120 percent of a site’s energy needs. These projects can theoretically be placed anywhere in the town, but may be subject to planning board review.

Berne has submitted documentation to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for three out of the four action-items needed to qualify the town for a clean-energy community designation, which allows the town to apply for certain grants.

The proposal, long-championed by Supervisor Vasilios Lefkaditis, passed by a unanimous vote at the Knox Town Board’s Dec. 8 regular meeting.

After examining 400,000 real-estate transactions, a report found that, following the construction of a solar array, homes within one mile of the installation depreciated 1.7 percent. And homes just one-tenth of a mile, 528 feet, away from an installation ended up seeing a 7-percent drop in value.

Borrego Solar is seeking variances to be able to clear-cut more trees than code allows and to have its solar panels located closer to all the neighbors’ property lines than what is currently allowed by law, which was one of the reforms included in the April amendments package to the town’s solar law.

KNOX — A 4.4-megawatt solar farm that’s proposed for 1688 Thompsons Lake Road, an undeveloped Knox property of roughly 33 acres owned by Mark and Janet Viscio, will not be subject until a public hearing until at least Decem

Could a solar farm proposed for Altamont Road in New Scotland impact the view from Thacher Park two miles away?

Guilderland has joined neighboring municipalities in approving the burying of a cable to bring electricity from Canada to the New York City area. Several citizens and a dissenting town board member raised environmental and human-rights concerns about the megadams producing the hydropower.

A developer of solar arrays has pulled out, but New Scotland will “continue to look for opportunities to do something” with two landfills on Upper Flatrock Road.

Potentially cheaper energy rates will have to wait as municipalities deal with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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