Large Solar Power Project Moves Forward

Large Solar Power Project Moves Forward

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It could become Jefferson County's largest solar power project.

"I think it's the biggest in the county to date," senior county planner Andy Nevin said.

Toronto-based OYA Solar wants to build 20-megawatt solar farms that would spread across the towns of Orleans and Clayton.

Planning officials discussed the project when they met Tuesday.

The power they generate would go directly to National Grid.

County planning officials have been discussing the project and recently made some suggestions on how project leaders can address concerns, like the potential issue of glare from the solar panels.

"Along the state road, a potential glare on the flights with the two airports nearby and potential for a Fort Drum training facility, glare that could impact training activities," Nevin said.

Nevin said the planning board recommended the company reach out to potentially affected parties.

Moving forward, the individual towns will hold discussions on the project and address addressing concerns and discussions falls on the towns. 

The county legislature could be asked to take action if the company asks for a tax break.

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