In June of 2022 Yellow Barn Solar, LLC was awarded a contract by the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) for the development of a 160 MW solar facility in the towns of Lansing and Groton in Tompkins County. Yellow Barn Solar, LLC is a subsidiary of CS Energy. The Project is expected to occupy approximately 1,100 acres of land, with about 75% of the project located in Groton and 25% located in Lansing.
According to the Project website, Yellow Barn 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 or early 2023. 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 Yellow Barn 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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