30-acre solar project planned

JOHNSTOWN – The town has the opportunity to house what would be the largest solar farm in the local area, an official said.

On Feb. 9, the town Planning Board will discuss the site plan for a solar farm near Fulton Montgomery Community College, on the north side of Route 67, Building Inspector and Code Enforcement Officer Ryan Fagan said.

Barton and Loguidice engineers are scheduled to discuss the site plan for the project, which would encompass 30 acres.

“This could be the largest solar farm in the town and most likely the largest in the area,” Fagan said.

Barton and Loguidice is the company designing the site. Fagan was unsure of the property owners.

“It’s going to be placed in a strategic location in regards to distribution. Directly across the road to one of National Grid’s substations. It will take the electricity and put it back into the [power] grid,” Fagan said.

Fagan said most of the electricity used in Fulton County derives from the power plant on Niagara Falls or one of National Grid’s nuclear power plants. Now, some of the electricity will be produced in the area, and could ower costs for electricity.

“Whenever there are more companies producing a product inevitably the cost goes down,” Fagan said.

Fagan said the town should have six to eight solar farms by the end of the year.

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