The Empire Solar Project is a 125 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic electric generating facility proposed to be located in the Town of Westfield in Chautauqua County, New York (the “Project”). The Project will span approximately 1,500 acres and plans to connect to the 230 kV South Ripley to Dunkirk Line. The Project is anticipated to positively impact both the environment and the local economy by reducing carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 160,000 metric tons each year – the equivalent of taking an estimated 34,000 cars off the road – and producing significant tax revenue and other economic benefits for the area.
How to become an intervenor in the 94-c process
Upon the filing of a 94-c Application, Empire Solar will post an intervenor fund ($1,000/MW) which can be sought by local community intervenors and host towns. 75% of funds are reserved for municipalities.
Any local agency or potential community intervenor seeking funding must submit a request for initial funding within thirty (30) days of the date of application filing. Such requests can be made to:
OR by mail to:
Attention: Request for Local Agency Account Funding
Office of Renewable Energy Siting
Empire State Plaza
240 State Street
P-1 South, J Dock
Albany, NY 12242
If you have questions regarding the intervenor process please contact the ORES office.
Empire Solar DMM
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If you would like to be designated as a Project Stakeholder and added to the Project's Master Stakeholder List, please fill out the following form. Individuals and groups on this list receive mailed copies of the regulatory project notices required by 94-c.