Solar farm moratorium proposed

The Town Board voted last week to introduce a local law imposing an indefinite moratorium on the installation of large, commercial solar farms in the town.

A public hearing on the proposed local law will be conducted at the board’s May 16 meeting.

Town Supervisor Drew Wickham said the moratorium affects new solar arrays built for commercial, electricity-generating purposes. It will not affect solar installations for residential uses, he noted.

“The concern is we want time to review whether large commercial solar installations are compatible with the town’s comprehensive plan, which emphasizes agriculture,” Wickham said. “The solar farms already in the town take up a lot of the town’s valuable agricultural land.”

Any applications for a commercial solar project already submitted and under consideration will be allowed to continue, but no new applications will be accepted if the local law is adopted.

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