U.S. Solution wants to build in Knox below the Route 156 ridgeline.

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.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has developed a guidebook to help municipalities and officials make decisions on adopting solar in and to help residents. It includes information about solar project permitting, inspection, property taxes, and land leases.

Mindful of the village’s Victorian history, Altamont’s mayor and trustees opposed an application for a large solar array on its periphery. A developer of the array calls the community’s response selfish, not looking toward America’s future.

If each of us does our part with renewable energy, we can save more than money; we can save the world.

Russ Pokorny, Knox


HILLTOWNS — A California company has mailed large landowners in the rural Helderbergs, asking to lease their land for solar arrays.

GUILDERLAND — Simon and Edna Litten aren’t living off the grid yet, but they’re getting closer.

The couple lives in a house on Main Street in Altamont and had solar panels installed on the south-facing roof of their barn four years ago. According to Mrs. Litten, they expect the system to have paid for itself by 2020.

VOORHEESVILLE — The village board here in June approved an increase in the number of firefighters the company can have, and agreed to sign a contract to install solar panels on both the firehouse and the village’s public-works building at no cost to the village.

Fire company


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