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A solar array proposed in Knox has drawn the ire of many Knox and Guilderland residents who live by the property located on Route 156 at the border of the two towns.

A Voorheesville couple is now at odds with the solar energy company Monolith Solar.

Following a public hearing on a solar bill, and preceding a town workshop meeting, the Westerlo Town Board passed its first law of 2017, which sets requirements for residential and commercial solar arrays.

A proposal for a nine-acre array on Route 156 that would have been Guilderland’s first solar farm was withdrawn this fall. Now the town is considering a proposal for a zoning district change to allow for construction of a solar farm about twice the size.

Wall of honor, Westerlo, military

The board was warned by the Westerlo assessor about a tax exemption that could cost the town, and encouraged instead of implementing the tax to use a Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement with solar farms.

Civil discourse at Knox Town board meetings would yield solutions. The board should not pass up a $12,000 grant that would lead to a $100,000 grant.

Knox is considering hiring an engineer, largely to review large solar projects.

Decisions about solar development lie ahead for Westerlo.

We need to zone so that solar will be embraced; the future of our Earth depends upon it.

After Altamont recommended disapproving a solar farm, which would have stood on its outskirts, the solar company withdrew its application and is now focusing on the rural town of Knox, which it sees as more receptive to solar projects.

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