Cayuga Receives Proposal for 23-Acre Solar Farm – Finger Lakes Daily News – Finger Lakes Daily News

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Could Cayuga County soon see more solar panels?

The Village of Cayuga has received a proposal from New Energy Equity for a 23-acre solar farm to be constructed just east of the former water tower. Spanning the land between Genesee Street and Cayuga Road, the Tier 3 facility would produce an estimated 3.66MW of AC electricity.

Speaking on FLX Morning, Mayor Don Wilson Jr said the plan is in its infancy and, as such, it’s too early to tell whether or not it will happen.

“It’s another thing that’s really in its infancy stages and there’s a lot that needs to be done with open-to-the-public meetings, the neighboring property owners need to be notified and they have to have their time before the planning board as well,” said Wilson. “so we won’t see anything on that for a couple of months before that gets hashed out whether it moves forward or not.”

The land is currently zoned for agricultural/residential use. Wilson added that it was hoped in the village’s comprehensive plan that the land would be used for more residential housing.

Developers are scheduled to meet with the village’s planning board on May 14 at 7:00p. At the meeting Wilson said they’ll have to discuss if the project can be modified to meet local criteria.

“According to our code enforcement officer and our village local law, this Tier 3 program that they’re planning on putting in, it actually doesn’t meet our local laws,” he continued. “So, there’s going to be some back and forth with the developer to meet our criteria, if they do make our criteria for that matter.

The village will update residents as the plan progresses and is encouraging residents to speak up during calls for public input.

You can hear Wilson’s full interview below.

FLX MORNING PODCAST – Village of Cayuga Mayor Don Wilson, Jr.

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