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September 20, 2014
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More Sullivan solar proposed


There is some urgency involved in the decision to move forward with the projects, because the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) may soon expire or be exhausted. Further federal tax incentives that currently make PPA solar arrangements attractive to investors may expire in 2016.

Legislator Cora Edwards noted that the solar array in Liberty, behind the Robert Travis Building, with 208 solar panels, serves the county’s needs best because the county gets the electricity from that array for no cost, and the county owns the array. Stuart said that was paid for by grants from various entities and those programs probably no longer exist.

The consensus of the members of the Agriculture and Sustainability Committee was that they wanted to move forward with hearing from investors about specific proposals.