Flint Mine Solar Project
The Flint Mine Solar project is a 100MWac solar photovoltaic facility being developed at the southern end of the Town of Coxsackie, New York by an affiliate of Hudson Energy Development.
The Public Involvement Program (PIP) Plan for the Flint Mine Solar project provides an introduction to the project for the local community, stakeholders and other interested parties; describes the Article 10 process to the local community; outlines future activities related to sharing project information; and establishes how the public can participate in the stakeholder process by asking questions and providing comments. The Flint Mine Solar PIP Plan can be found here.
As is further detailed in the PIP Plan, the sponsors of the Flint Mine Solar project have endeavored to find a relatively concealed project location, in order to insure that the low-profile solar electric generating plant will be largely hidden from view from any nearby residential properties, as well as from US Highway 9W and the other major thoroughfares in the project area. The sponsors have also drafted a mitigation plan to minimize impacts on local archaeological resources and wildlife habitats that may exist on some of the former farm fields that are proposed to host this solar photovoltaic project.
The 100MWac Flint Mine Solar project, if approved by the Siting Board, will annually generate approximately 175,000 MWh of clean electricity, roughly equivalent to the average annual electricity requirements of all the 21,000 households in Greene County.
On March 9, 2018 Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the latest round of solar and wind energy awards under the NYS Clean Energy Standard, which includes the Flint Mine Solar project. Together these projects: "represent a significant step in advancing the Governor's [plan] to obtain 50 percent of New York's electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. Award recipients were chosen from a pool of 88 applications from 30 clean energy developers. The state's $1.4 billion investment is expected to spur over $3 billion of direct investment over the life of the projects, with support for these new projects provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority." That entire announcement can be found here.
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