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In Knox, a proposed solar array was debated again at a second public hearing held by the town’s planning board, with many against it due to concerns about construction, the viewshed, and wildlife.

Human progress comes in waves. We must not let the tide ebb on our nation’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions.

With only one business district that has no known businesses, the town of Knox grappled with the question of how to promote businesses that are not in zones for businesses.

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A proposal for a nine-acre array on Route 156 that would have been Guilderland’s first solar farm was withdrawn this fall.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.

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

After hearing a number of questions in a public hearing on a drafted solar law, the Westerlo Town Board tabled the issue, with the likelihood of at least another public hearing on the law. 

One of three assisted-living facilities that may soon come to Guilderland now goes back to the town’s planning board to work out any remaining issues with the site plan.

Decisions about solar development lie ahead for Westerlo.

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