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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 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

    Construction jobs

    C02 emissions reduction*

    100 MW

    150+

    133,000 metric tons

    *Approximate annual carbon dioxide emissions reduced

    Project information is approximate and subject to change

    Permitting process

    Update: On October 18, 2021, Riverside Solar, LLC filed its 94-c permit application with ORES. The Notice of Application Filing and Availability of Local Agency Account Funding reflects this latest project milestone. All permit application materials can be found on the New York State Department of Public Service’s Document Matter Manager (DMM) system, under DMM Matter Number 21-00752, and are also available below in the section titled 'Riverside Solar 94-c Application'.

    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 Matter Number 21-00752 in the field “Search by Case Number”, or by directly visiting the Riverside Solar DMM. 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 

    With the filing of its 94-c application on October 18, 2021, Riverside Solar, LLC submitted the required local agency account fee of $100,000. These funds 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 no later than 4:30 p.m. EST on November 17, 2021 (within 30 days of the date of application filing). Such requests can be made via:

    The ORES Request For Local Agency Account Funding form available in the Resources section of the ORES website

    Or by email 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

    Further details regarding requests for local agency account funding can be found in the Notice of Application Filing and Availability of Local Agency Account Funding.

    If you have questions regarding the intervenor process, please contact the ORES office.

    Riverside Solar 94-c Application
    Cover Letter & Table of Contents
    Exhibits
    Figures
    Appendices

    Appendix 1-1. Certificate of Formation

    Appendix 1-2. Riverside Solar, LLC New York State Entity Status

    Appendix 2-1. Jinko Solar Tiger Pro Bifacial Module Specification Sheet

    Appendix 2-2. Array Technologies DuraTrack® HZ v3 Tracking System Specification Sheet

    Appendix 2-3. Virtual Community Meeting PowerPoint

    Appendix 2-4. Virtual Community Meeting Questions and Answers

    Appendix 2-5. PIP Plan Meeting Log

    Appendix 3-1. Town of Lyme Comprehensive Land Use Plan (2010) 

    Appendix 3-2. Town of Brownville Comprehensive Plan (1989) 

    Appendix 4-1. Survey of Properties Leased by Applicant 

    Appendix 4-2. Demonstration of Title or Lease in Facility Site 

    Appendix 5-1. Issued for Permit Design Drawings 

    Appendix 5-2. Sungrow Inverter Specification Sheet 

    Appendix 5-3. Main Power Transformer Specification Sheet 

    Appendix 6-1. Safety Response Plan 

    Appendix 6-2. Site Security Plan 

    Appendix 6-3. Agency Correspondence 

    Appendix 7-1. List of Modeled Sound Sources 

    Appendix 7-2. List of Sound Receptors 

    Appendix 7-3. Ambient Pre-Construction Sound Level Measurement Program 

    Appendix 7-4. Project Modeled Sound Levels - Leq (8-hour) 

    Appendix 7-5. Collector Substation Modeled Sound Levels - Leq (1 hour) 

    Appendix 7-6. Collector Substation Layout 

    Appendix 7-7. Manufacturer Sound Level Data Sheets 

    Appendix 7-8. Cumulative Analysis 

    Appendix 7-9. Glossary of Terms 

    Appendix 8-1. Visual Impact Assessment  

    Appendix 8-2. Glint and Glare Analysis 

    Appendix 9-1. Phase IA Archaeological Survey and Sensitivity Assessment 

    Appendix 9-2. New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Project-Related Communication 

    Appendix 9-3. Historic Architectural Resources Survey and Effects Report 

    Appendix 9-4. Phase IB Archaeological Report 

    Appendix 10-1. Geotechnical Report 

    Appendix 10-2. Preliminary Karst Field Reconnaissance 

    Appendix 10-3. Karst Mitigation Plan 

    Appendix 11-1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service IPaC Consultation 

    Appendix 11-2. Invasive Species Management and Control Plan

    Appendix 12-1. Wildlife Site Characterization Report 

    Appendix 12-2. Grassland Breeding Bird Survey Report 

    Appendix 12-3. State-listed Wintering Grassland Raptor Survey Report 

    Appendix 12-4. Determination of Occupied Habitat, Incidental Take and Net Conservation 
    Benefit
     

    Appendix 12-5. Net Conservation Benefit Plan 

    Appendix 12-6. Occupied Habitat and Estimated Take Response 

    Appendix 13-1. FOIL Request 

    Appendix 13-2. Private Water Well Survey 

    Appendix 13-3. Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan 

    Appendix 14-1. Wetland and Stream Delineation Report 

    Appendix 14-2. Riverside Functions and Values Assessment 

    Appendix 14-3. ORES Draft Surface Waters and Wetlands Jurisdictional Determination 

    Appendix 15-1. Real Property Agricultural Assessment Records 

    Appendix 15-2. Agricultural Viability Landowner Survey 

    Appendix 15-3. Agricultural Plan 

    Appendix 15-4. Drainage Remediation Plan 

    Appendix 16-1. AASHTO Tables and Sight Distance Diagram 

    Appendix 16-2. NYSDOT Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) Volumes 

    Appendix 16-3. Accident Summary Data 2018-2020 

    Appendix 16-4. School Bus Routes and Transit Routes 

    Appendix 16-5. Emergency Access Routes 

    Appendix 16-6. Posted Bridge and Culvert Data 

    Appendix 16-7. Construction Access Routes 

    Appendix 16-8. Highway Capacity Software (HCS) Level of Service Output 

    Appendix 16-9. Truck Turning Templates 

    Appendix 20-1. Proposed Riverside Solar Collection Substation 

    Appendix 20-2. Proposed Riverside Solar Point of Interconnection 

    Appendix 21-1. Systems Reliability Impact Study 

    Appendix 21-2. Riverside Solar Energy Facility 115 kV Transmission & 34.5 kV Collection Design Criteria Document 

    Appendix 22-1. EMF Report 

    Appendix 23-1. Decommissioning and Restoration Plan 

    Appendix 24-1. Town of Lyme Zoning Ordinance and Town of Brownville Zoning Law

    Appendix 24-2. Towns of Lyme and Brownville Solar Energy-Related Laws

    Appendix 24-3. Town of Lyme Flood Damage Prevention Law 

    Appendix 25-1. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project-Related Correspondence 

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    March 2021 virtual community meeting

    Watch the recording→

    View the slide deck →

    View the Q&A →

     

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    March 2020 virtual info session: recording 

     

    Riverside DMM Screenshot

    Riverside Solar DMM (Matter Number: 21-00752) 

     

    Resources

    Updated Riverside Public Involvement Program (PIP) Plan 

    Riverside 3-day notice of filing a 94-c permit application 

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    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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    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. 

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