Canton’s solar projects law moves forward

Canton’s solar projects law moves forward
(Source: WWNY)

CANTON, N.Y. (WWNY) - Canton officials are getting ready to move forward with a law that will allow solar energy projects in the town.

A public hearing on the proposed solar law was held Wednesday during Canton's town board meeting. The public's comments were brief.

Planning board chair Michael Morgan says the proposed law has been in the works for about a year and a half after developers have showed interest in leasing land to build solar energy systems.

Morgan says there was nothing in Canton's code for projects like this.

"One of the biggest points, I think, was that we were protecting the neighboring properties," Morgan said, "and that was our biggest concern that these projects didn't impinge on somebody who didn't want them on their property, so we did setbacks.

Morgan says another big part of the law was preserving soil in case the projects go away.

Canton town supervisor Mary Ann Ashley says that the board is moving forward, but still has to look over the law more before it is voted on. The topic will come up at the town's next meeting.

"This is very important to protect our taxpayers and landowners on big businesses coming in," Ashley said. "You know, we want to make sure that we also get a community benefit. "

Some locations of interest for solar projects include Route 11.

"Canton has 13.1 miles of 765 kV lines going through the municipality," deputy town supervisor Bob Washo said, "so municipalities like Canton that have the transmission lines going though the municipality are ripe for development, because it makes it easy for siting and then connecting to the grid.

Ashley says that people who were unable to attend the hearing can send an email to town board with their comments.

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