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    Riverside Solar Project

    Solar Panels in snow - Beals Rd NY Riverside Solar Project

    The Riverside Solar Project is a 100 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic electric generating facility with a 20 MW battery storage component proposed to be located in the towns of Lyme and Brownville in Jefferson County, New York (the “Project”). The Project will span approximately 1,000 acres and plans to connect on National Grid's Lyme Tap off of the Thousand Island - Coffeen 115kv line. The Project is anticipated to positively impact both the environment and the local economy by reducing carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 133,000 metric tons each year – the equivalent of taking approximately 28,000 cars off the road – and producing significant tax revenue and other economic benefits for the area.

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    Riverside Solar project overview

    Planned capacity

    Planned storage capacity

    C02 emission reduction*

    100 MW

    20 MW

    133,000 metric tons

    *Approximate annual carbon dioxide emissions reduced

    Project information is approximate and subject to change

    Permitting Process

    On February 17, 2021, Riverside Solar filed a letter with the Secretary to the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) noticing its election to be subject to Executive Law Section 94-c and stating its intent to file a Transfer Application with the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES).

    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 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 94-c process, while projects currently undergoing the Article 10 siting process can choose to either remain in Article 10 or opt-in to 94-c. The 94-c 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 94-c 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, 94-c applicants must hold at least one meeting for community members. The Riverside Solar Virtual Community Meeting was held on March 2, 2021.

    Outside of the 94-c public comment period and requirements, Riverside Solar is committed to ongoing stakeholder and community engagement; including maintaining the “Public Involvement Program (PIP) Plan” log, even though it is not a 94-c 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 19-F-0781 in the field “Search by Case Number”, or by directly visiting the Riverside Solar DPS page. Interested parties may subscribe to the service list or request party status for the Riverside Solar Project by accessing the Project proceedings via either of the links included above.

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    How to become an intervenor in the 94-c process 

    Upon the filing of a 94-c Application, Riverside 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:

    general@ores.ny.gov 

    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.

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    March 2021 virtual community meeting

    Watch the recording→

    View the slide deck →

    View the Q&A →

     

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    May 2020 virtual info session: recording 

     

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    Riverside Solar DPS Page

     

    Resources

    Updated Riverside Public Involvement Plan (PIP)

    Riverside 60-day notice of intent to file an application for 94-c permit

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    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 Riverside Solar please contact us directly at:

    • Project Email: riversidesolar@aes.com

    • Project Phone Number: 866-757-7697 (866-SLRPOWR)

    • Office Address:
      195 Montague Street
      14th Floor, Suite 1461
      Brooklyn, NY 11201

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