California company hoping to bring solar farms to Niagara County

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The Niagara County community had a chance Thursday night to weigh in on a proposed solar project in Niagara County. 

Cypress Creek Renewables of California is looking to put solar panels on 900 acres of land that they would rent from farmers in Pendleton and Cambria. 

The panels would generate enough electricity to power 15,000 to 20,000 homes. 

The company says they want to get the community on board with the plan. 

“We like to get into the community as early as possible because we know projects are not successful if the communities do not want them,” project co-developer Marisa Scavo said. “We try to get as much feedback from the community as possible, as early on and then adapt our proposal as time goes on to make sure our proposal reflects what the community wants to see out of this type of project.”

Native wild flowers would be planted on the land with the solar panels to help keep area plants pollinated. 

The project would have to be approved both on a state and local level. 

The process is expected to take two to three years. 

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