Solar farms popping up all over county

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government and municipal planning officials continue dealing with the proliferation of solar farm projects popping up throughout the county.

County Planning Director Scott Henze touched on some of the projects in his recent monthly activities report to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee.

Henze reported on a couple solar projects in the town of Johnstown. He said his office continued reviewing Cipriani Energy Group’s subdivision application and special permit application for a solar farm project along Route 67.

He said the Federal Aviation Administration found that the project won’t have an impact on the Fulton County Airport off Route 67.

Henze said the planning board is continuing to review Cipriani’s application in accordance with the state Environmental Quality Review Act process. He said that board requested further information and a public hearing was scheduled.

His office, Henze said, also continued to review Nexus Renewables’ special permit application for a 29-acre solar farm project in the Tryon Technology Park.

Elsewhere in his report, Henze discussed Pine Brook Solar, LLC’s subdivision application for a project at 280 S. Main St. in Gloversville.

In the town of Perth, Henze reported a public hearing was reconvened on Borrego Solar Systems’ special use permit application for a five-megawatt solar farm along County Highway 132. The planning board decided to leave the hearing open because additional information pertaining to potential adverse visual impacts and changes to the character of the neighborhood have been requested from the applicants.

The public hearing will be reconvened on Monday.

Henze also reported a review was begun of Solar Park Energy’s subdivision and special permit applications for a solar farm project along the west side of Route 30 in the town of Perth. Additional information was requested from the applicants and the SEQR process was initiated for the project. A public hearing on the application was set for 6 p.m. Monday.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older