In June of 2022 Fort Covington Solar, LLC was awarded a contract by the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) for the development of a 250 MW solar facility with 77 MW of separately located battery energy storage located in the town of Fort Covington, Franklin County. Fort Covington Solar, LLC is a Boralex affiliate.
According to the Project , Fort Covington Solar intends to submit its application for a siting permit to the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) pursuant to Executive Law 94-c in late 2022. 94-c provides an expedited permitting process for the siting of large-scale renewable energy projects.
Under the expedited permitting process, local governments are required to assess whether a project can comply with local laws, and to provide information about such compliance to ORES. Local agencies such as town and county governments, as well as private citizens and community groups, can apply for state managed “local agency” funding to, at least, partially offset the cost of participating in the ORES siting process. The money can be used for retention of attorneys, experts, and engineers. Such attorneys and experts can assist the local agency in tasks including reviewing project applications and potential impacts, advocating for a local government’s interests in the ORES proceeding, reviewing whether a project can comply with all applicable local laws and preparing required reports for review by ORES, and submitting comments on the draft permit.
The Zoghlin Group, PLLC, represents individuals, municipalities and other clients with power plant siting, environmental law, zoning and land use law, and municipal law. We provide legal services to local governments and interest groups across New York State. We also assist municipalities with PILOT and Host Community Agreement negotiations.
For inquiries about Fort Covington Solar and the process for siting large power plants pursuant to 94-c of the Executive Law and/or Articles 7 and 68 of the New York State Public Service Law, please contact Bridget O’Toole, Esq.
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