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Waterloo could host huge solar facility

A state agency has provided details for 20 large-scale renewable energy projects in New York, including a proposed massive solar facility in the town of Waterloo.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced $1.5 billion in competitive awards for the projects. That came after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address, when he ramped up his mandate for 70 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030.

His previous goal for 2030 was 50 percent.

“The state is aggressively pursuing large-scale renewable energy under the governor’s Clean Energy Standard,” said Doreen Harris, NYSERDA’s Director of Large-Scale Renewables. “What is important to note is that New York has some of the most aggressive clean energy policies in the country and has become an area of interest for project developers from other parts of the country. They are interested in growing their business and investing in New York State.”

One of the 20 projects is the proposed North Light Energy Center in Seneca County. NextEra Energy Resources, a Florida-based company, wants to build an 80-megawatt solar facility in the town of Waterloo.

Town Supervisor Don Trout said the company is looking to buy land in the area of Pre-Emtption Street, Serven Road, Packwood Road, and Border City Road. The facility would take up 200 to 500 acres.

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