The Somerset Solar project is an approximately 135 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic electric generating facility proposed to be located in the town of Somerset in Niagara County, New York, at the site of the closed Somerset coal power station. The project will span approximately 1,000 acres and plans to connect to the Grid at the Kintigh 345 kV substation. The project is anticipated to positively impact the environment by reducing carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 169,400 metric tons each year – the equivalent of powering approximately 30,800 homes' electricity use per year. Additionally, the project will contribute to the local economy by producing significant tax revenue and other economic benefits for the area. This redevelopment is expected to generate 150+ temporary construction jobs and will use existing interconnection equipment, delivering electricity to the New York Grid, while creating new job opportunities at the former coal power plant.
Somerset Solar project overview
C02 emissions reduction*
169,400 metric tons
*Approximate annual carbon dioxide emissions reduced
Project information is approximate and subject to change
Somerset Solar 60-day notice of intent to file a 94-c application
Executive Law Section 94-c (enacted in April 2020) established the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (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 25 MW 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.
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.
Outside of the 94-c public comment period and requirements, Somerset Solar is committed to ongoing stakeholder and community engagement, including regular availability via the project email (email@example.com), weekly virtual office hours via the AES NY toll-free number (866-757-7697), and carrying out engagement activities as detailed in the Project’s Public Involvement Program (PIP) Plan.
How to become an intervenor in the 94-c process
Upon the filing of a 94-c Application, Somerset 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.
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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 will receive mailed copies of the regulatory project notices required by 94-c.