Large commercial solar farms, covering dozens of acres with tens of thousands of electricity-generating panels, are certain to arrive in New York state in a big way.
Driven by the Cuomo administration’s expanded emphasis on renewable energy, solar-energy companies and non-profit groups are exploring dozens of projects, including a number in the Rochester area.
“I don’t think there’s any question that New York is an exciting place to be for the solar industry right now,” said Rob Collier, director of project development for Seattle-based OneEnergy Development, which is working on two dozen solar projects in upstate New York.
One wave of new solar farms will be roughly the same size as the largest installations now in place in parts of upstate New York. Another set of projects could be 10 or 20 times larger than that.
For the first time, some of the new generating stations will sell their output directly to the public who choose to sign up.
But the big-solar concept is getting a cool reception in some quarters.
Nearly 90 town and village governments in New York have enacted moratoriums on big-solar development this year, including five in the Rochester area. Most municipalities are seeking a grace period while they figure out how to handle zoning, taxes or fees and other issues and, in some cases; decide whether they want the generating stations at all.
However Residential Solar Initiative is more realistic that all the farms combine since there are base on the individual home owner that in mass contribution. New York State Is more determine to this movement than ever before.