Four More Solar Power Projects Planned for WNY | Business premises

More than 200 megawatts of new solar power generation is proposed for four projects in Western New York, as power producers rush to increase alternative power generation as part of state efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced plans for 22 large-scale renewable energy projects across the state, which together would power more than 620,000 homes for at least 20 years. Four of those projects are in Western New York, including two previously announced major projects in Niagara County that have been underway for some time and would total 450 megawatts between them.

But the other two local solar farms — one in the Allegany County town of Alfred and one in the Chautauqua County towns of Busti and Kiantone — are new. These would add 190 megawatts of energy:

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Meanwhile, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency is considering two other smaller projects in Stockton and Portland that would add an additional 17 megawatts to the total.

Seaboard Solar LLC of New Milford, Conn., plans to erect two solar farms on Barnes Road in the town of Stockton, for a total investment of $16 million. The Barnes Road East facility would produce 4.375 megawatts, while the west facility would produce 4.975 megawatts. Located southeast of Stockton Hartfield Road, the 59.5 acre site is owned by Ronald and Karen Cave.

And Amherst-based Solar Liberty, through Solar Liberty Portland Community LLC, plans to set up two solar panels in Portland — one with 3.92 megawatts on Route 20 and one on Fay Street with 3.6 megawatts. The $12.429 million project would occupy 33.6 acres that Solar Liberty would acquire from multiple owners.

Either way, developers get tax breaks on sales and registration of mortgages, as well as 25-year property tax relief.