Denmark solar project edges forward

Denmark solar project

DENMARK, N.Y. (WWNY) - A solar energy field in the town of Denmark is one step closer to being approved.

NSG Fund 1, LLC wants to build the solar panels on East Road near Lowville.

The town of Denmark planning board held a public hearing Thursday night to field any opposition to the project, but found very little.

One person did caution the town not to become dependent on money the company will pay as part of a tax deal.

Town Supervisor James Der says he doesn't see it as a problem.

"It's going be 15, 20 thousand, that's pretty easy to budget without having that as an income," he said. "If it was a large-scale program, you know, and we were talking hundreds of thousands of dollars, yeah that's tough to do a budget when you don't have that coming in."

Der says the proposed tax deal -- known as payments in lieu of taxes, or PILOT agreement -- will last for 20 years.

Town planning board officials say the project could be approved as early as this winter.

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