State DEC, agriculture officials raise concerns about Conquest solar project | Politics

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Scientists with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the state Department of Agriculture and Markets recently testified about shortcomings they see in the massive solar farm proposal in northern Cayuga County.

The expert direct testimony was submitted on March 10 to the state Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, which will make the final decision on the project application from Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources. That company wants to build a 200-megawatt solar power facility in a project area of about 1,900 acres.

The project would be located completely within the town of Conquest. While the town does not have authority to approve or reject the proposal, it has been working to bring residents’ concerns to the siting board’s and NextEra’s attention. The next major event involving town government is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, when the town planning board will hold a special meeting to…

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