Concord Board hears update on solar energy project

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SPRINGVILLE – Concord City Council heard a report from EDP Renewables on the Genesee Road Solar Energy Center project at its August 12 meeting. Josh Bennett and Haylee Ferrington from EDF Renewables briefed the board on the project.

Bennett said the 350-megawatt AC system would take up 2,000 acres of land and serve 80,000 homes. The project will run for 35 years and will then be shut down. Bennett said EDF Renewables continues to sign additional leases with residents in the area and work on easements to connect properties.

With the project timelines, Bennett said they were moving from an Article 10 application to a 94C application and the approval process should be completed by November 2023. Construction would start in the first quarter of 2024, the end of construction and the system would be operational in the last quarter of 2025.

Ferrington spoke to the board about the host community’s accomplishments, which will include a nonprofit fund that would distribute money to local civic groups, nonprofits and projects. EDF Renewables would provide a scholarship to two graduates interested in renewable energy or a career for the first 10 years of the project. In addition, all residential customers in Concord, with the exception of residents of the Village of Springville, will be able to enjoy an electricity benefit program in the form of a credit on their electricity bill.

The economic impact was also examined, including leases, jobs, local spending on hosts, restaurants, supplies, subcontractors, sheep farmers and beekeepers. Ferrington said fence repairs and snow removal will continue to be required throughout the project. Ferrington also reported that EDF Renewables would be in contact with the city to let them know the schedule for applying for Intervenor funds.

In other board news:

– The board gave Occhino Corp. the surcharge for the parking space of the Concord Senior Center in the amount of USD 88,872.50.

– The board authorized the deputy dog ​​control officer Phyllis Jensen to carry out the dog count of the city.

The next regular meeting of the Concord Town Board will take place on Thursday, September 9th at 7pm

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