Proposed Solar Farm Would Be Built On Massena Landfill

Proposed Solar Farm Would Be Built On Massena Landfill

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A fenced off landfill area at Alcoa West in Massena could soon host the area's biggest solar farm. Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy would like to cover 150 acres with solar panels.

“It will add to assessed value. It will provide jobs,” said Steve O'Shaughnessy, Massena town supervisor.

Geronimo would spend $25 million to $35 million to build it. Massena has a moratorium on large solar projects, but it plans to lift that as soon as it can get solar zoning laws in place.

“We want to make sure there's sustainability and what's going to happen when the project ends,” said O'Shaughnessy.

This isn't the first large solar farm proposed. NextEra Energy wants to build one covering more than 3,000 acres on land in the towns of Brasher, Massena and Norfolk.

“I didn't think it was that sunny up here," said O'Shaughnessy. "There is a chance they are here for the transmission capacity.”

Geronimo must get its project up and running within about two years if it wins a contract through the state. The area it would build on is a brownfield site that has been capped.

In Brasher, they're also concerned about solar. The NextEra energy project would cover more than 2,000 acres there. This week, the town board will be discussing implementing zoning laws specifically for solar. 

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