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Legislature Voices Support for Cayuga Solar Project

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Legislators, by a 13-1 vote (Legislator Dooley Kiefer dissenting), approved a resolution of support of development of the Cayuga Solar project in the Town of Lansing.

The measure notes that Cayuga Solar, created by the Cayuga Operating Company, proposes installation of 18 Megawatts of solar (the largest to date in Upstate New York) on currently unused land at the 434-acre power plant site, constituting a $25 million investment in clean, renewable energy—a project that will create approximately 150 union construction jobs and increase tax revenue to taxing authorities in Lansing and Tompkins County.

Legislators Carol Chock and Anna Kelles both expressed some reservation that some of the project would be located over coal ash, and hope that its presence would not deter contamination remediation efforts. Legislator Kiefer said she found she could not vote in favor of the support resolution in view of this issue.