Residents protest proposed solar energy project in Cambria

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A group of people opposing a proposed solar energy project in the Town of Cambria protested outside of the Cambria Fire Company Tuesday evening, where the California company planning the project was holding an advisory working group. 

Last Thursday, the Cambria Town Board voted to oppose the project, saying that violates the town’s zoning laws and that the company has failed to specify what benefits the solar farm would provide to the town.

Article Ten of the state’s Public Service Law allows the state to override local laws which impede the state in meeting its renewable energy goals. 

According to the resolution from Thursday night’s meeting, Cypress Creek Renewables from California is looking to place a 100 MW solar energy generation facility on about 750 acres of farmland in the town, outside of the town’s Industrial Zoning District. 

The town’s laws allow for large-scale solar projects, providing that they’re located in the industrial zone. 

The resolution states that part of the project is also proposed to be located in one of Cambria’s  New York State Shovel Ready Certified Sites, which are designed to promote new jobs. 

The town board claims that Cypress Creek Renewables has refused to discuss the town’s local zoning laws with them and is calling on the state siting board and the governor to require that the project comply with the town’s zoning laws and comprehensive plan. 

Cypress will hold another advisory working group 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Wendelville Fire Company hall, 7340 Campbell Blvd., Pendleton. 

News 4 has reached out to Cypress for a statement. 

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