The Sugar Maple Solar Project is a 125 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 Croghan and Wilna in Jefferson and Lewis Counties, New York (the “Project”). The Project will span approximately 1,500 acres and plans to connect to the Black River to Taylorville (NY) and N. Carthage to Taylorville 115kV lines. The Project is anticipated to positively impact both the environment and the local economy by reducing carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 162,000 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. 

Project Updates

Community Meeting Notice

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Croghan Fire Hall (6860 Fire Hall St, Croghan, NY 13327)

Please join AES for a Community Meeting regarding the Sugar Maple Solar Project, a proposed 125 MW* solar energy generation project with a 20MW battery energy storage component. The Sugar Maple Solar Project is proposed to be located in the Towns of Wilna in Jefferson County and Croghan in Lewis County.

At the Community Meeting, informational display boards will be set up around the room with project representatives available to provide information and answer questions about the Sugar Maple Project and the Article VIII (formerly Section 94-c) permitting process, the date AES anticipates applying for a Siting Permit for the Sugar Maple Solar Project, and the availability of local agency account funding to community groups, including how and when to access available funding. Community members and other stakeholders are invited to drop in between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. There will not be a formal presentation.


Sugar Maple Solar
project overview

Planned capacity

Planned storage capacity

CO2 emissions reduction**

125 MW*

20 MW

162,000 metric tons

*Approximate annual carbon dioxide emissions reduced

Project information is approximate and subject to change 

*We recognize and apologize for any confusion created by our recent communication of an 80MW solar + 20MW battery project. We are pleased to share that updated engineering has shown that we can maintain the initial project size of 125MWac + 20MW battery with no additional land needed. 


**Approximate annual carbon dioxide emissions reduced

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Permitting Process

On February 25, 2021, Sugar Maple Solar filed a letter with the Secretary to the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) noticing its election to be subject to Executive Law Article VIII and stating its intent to file a Transfer Application with the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES).

Article VIII (formerly Section 94-c, enacted in April 2020) established the ORES within the NYS Department of State to provide a single forum for the environmental review and permitting of proposed major renewable energy facilities. This 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. The final Article VIII (formerly Section 94-c regulations) were issued on March 3, 2021 and can be viewed here.

Article 10 applications that have received a completeness determination will be deemed complete under the new Article VIII (formerly Section 94-c), while projects currently undergoing the Article 10 siting process can choose to either remain in Article 10 or opt-in to Article VIII. The Article VIII regulations issued by ORES include an expedited permitting process to account for matters and issues already presented and resolved in the alternate Article 10 proceedings.

Prior to submitting a Article VIII permit application, projects are required to consult with the local agencies and stakeholders of the community(ies) 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, Article VIII applicants must hold at least one meeting for community members. The Sugar Maple Virtual Community Meeting will be held on April 8, 2021.

Outside of the Article VIII public comment period and requirements, Sugar Maple Solar is committed to ongoing stakeholder and community engagement; including maintaining the “Public Involvement Program (PIP) Plan” log, even though it is not a Article VIII requirement. 

Documents filed in the Project proceedings may be viewed online at the PSC’s website by clicking “Search” on the homepage and then entering Case Number 20-F-0129 in the field “Search by Case Number”, or by directly visiting the Sugar Maple Solar DMM. Interested parties may subscribe to the service list or request party status for the Sugar Maple Solar Project by accessing the Project proceedings via either of the links included above.

How to become an intervenor in the Article VIII (formerly Section 94-
c) process

Upon the filing of a Article VIII Application, Sugar Maple 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.

Project resources

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PIP Plan materials

Upcoming events

New York Office Hours - Have a question or comment for AES about their work in your community? Give us a call during these hours to talk to a company representative.

  • Every Monday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
  • Every Thursday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EST
  • Call our New York office at 866-757-7697 (866-SLRPOWR)

Contact us

For any inquiries or comments about Sugar Maple Solar please contact us directly at:

  • Project Email:
  • Project Phone Number: 866-757-7697 (866-SLRPOWR)
  • Office Address: 292 Madison Avenue 15th Floor New York, NY 10017

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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.