The Brookside Solar Project is a 100 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic electric generating facility with a 20 MW battery storage component proposed to be located on the border of the Towns of Burke and Chateaugay in Franklin County, New York (the “Project”). The Project will span approximately 1,100 acres and plans to connect to the nearby Chateaugay-Willis 115kV transmission line. The Project is anticipated to positively impact both the environment and the local economy by reducing carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 131,000 metric tons each year – the equivalent of taking an estimated 28,000 cars off the road – and producing significant tax revenue and other economic benefits for the area.
Brookside Solar project overview
Planned storage capacity
C02 emission reduction*
131,000 metric tons
*Approximate annual carbon dioxide emissions reduced
Project information is approximate and subject to change
Brookside Solar intends, to elect to be subject to the jurisdiction of the Office of Renewable Energy and Siting (ORES) under the new 94-c process.
Section 94-c created a newly-established Office of Renewable Energy Siting (“ORES”), within the New York State Department of State, to provide a single forum for the environmental review and permitting of proposed major renewable energy facilitates, which includes renewable energy systems with a nameplate generating capacity of 25,000 kilowatts or more, co-located energy storage systems, and electric transmission facilities less than 10 miles in length.
Prior to submitting a 94-c permit application, projects are required to consult with the local agencies and stakeholders in which the proposed project will be located. ORES also requires that state agencies (e.g. NY DEC) are consulted on wetland and stream delineations, threatened and endangered species, and archeological and cultural resources, if appropriate. Agency consultations should take place at the earliest point possible in the applicant’s process.
Following consultations with impacted agencies, 94-c applicants must hold at least one meeting for community members. The Brookside Community Meeting is March 16, 2021.
Outside of the 94-c public comment period and requirements, Brookside Solar is committed to ongoing stakeholder and community engagement; including maintaining the “Public Involvement Plan (PIP)” log, even though it is not a 94-c requirement.
Any interested person may also file a written request with the Secretary to receive copies of all notices concerning the Project. Additional information can be found on the Siting Board’s website. Documents filed in this proceeding may also be viewed online at the Public Service Commission’s (“PSC”) website by clicking “Search” on the homepage and then entering Case Number 19-F-0781 in the field “Search by Case Number.” Interested parties may also subscribe to the service list or request party status by accessing this proceeding through the PSC’s website.
May 2020 virtual info session: recording
Brookside Solar DPS Page
March 2021 virtual community meeting: recording
How to become an intervenor in the 94-c process
Local community intervenors and host towns can seek intervenor funds ($1000/MW).
75% of funds are reserved for municipalities and must be applied for within 30 days of application filing.
Any local agency or potential community intervenor seeking funding from the local agency account must submit a request for initial funding to the Office of Renewable Energy Siting, at
99 Washington Avenue,
Albany, New York 12231,
Attention: Request for Local Agency Account Funding
If you have questions regarding the intervenor process please contact the ORES office.
PIP Plan materials
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