Solar farm officials reach out to Massena, Brasher and Norfolk town supervisors for siting board nominees
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 6:17 am

Officials involved with the North Side Energy Center have reached out to town supervisors in Massena, Brasher and Norfolk to nominate four people each to serve as ad hoc public members on the state siting board.

North Park Energy, LLC plans to develop, construct and operate a large-scale solar energy center to have a maximum generating capability of 180 megawatts (MW). For more details, view earlier story.

If North Park Energy files a Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS) with the Siting Board, town supervisors will need to make nominations within 15 days.

Based on Article 10 regulations, North Park Energy must wait at least 150 days after filing its Public Involvement Plan (PIP) before it may submit a PSS.

In this case, the earliest date a PSS can be filed for the North Side Energy Center would be Feb. 22.

Town supervisors were encouraged by Hon. Kathleen Burgess of the Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment to familiarize themselves with the nomination process and begin considering candidates, so that they are prepared to act within the 15 day time period if and when the PSS is filed.

Public Service Law requires the supervisors to submit their nominations to the president pro tem of the Senate and the speaker of the assembly.

Ad hoc members would provide a local voice on the board. Members are paid $200 for each day they are engaged in board duties plus compensation for necessary expenses related to performing the duty.

To be eligible, an ad hoc member must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, New York State resident, resident of the municipality in which the facility is proposed to be located, not hold a political office or be affiliated with an electric utility corporation in the state or proposed for operation in the state.

One member is chosen by the president pro tem of the Senate and the other by the speaker of the Assembly.

The project is being planned on approximately 1,600 acres between the three towns.

Developers say the project would create 275 to 375 temporary construction jobs during the approximate 8 moths of building, and once completed, the facility will require three to four local permanent positions to run the center.