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Solar project may be built in Torrey

Yates County legislators are considering installing solar panels on the former Yates County landfill property on Long Point Road in the Town of Torrey. Richard Lu from Abundant Solar will make a presentation to the Legislature’s Public Works committee at 11:30 a.m. March 4.

County officials are also talking about the possible installation of a charging station for electric vehicles. Acting County Administrator Winona Flynn told legislators in February the county might be eligible for reimbursement of the cost for installation.

District I Legislator Timothy Dennis said a charging station should be part of an overall plan to achieve Clean Energy Community designation, and Legislative Chairman Douglas Paddock said, “Yates County should be seriously thinking about getting an electric car.”

District I Legislator Rick Willson voiced concerns about taking valuable parking space and the cost of construction and upkeep.

The Town of Starkey has an energy efficiency head start on the rest of the county, after town officials took several steps to qualify as a Clean Energy Community.

Starkey installed solar panels generating energy at the town barns on Glenora Road last year.

The town has also installed a geo-thermal heating and cooling system in the town hall, located on Seneca Street in Dundee.

Supervisor George Lawson says it’s a little early to quantify the actual savings from the measures since the projects were just completed in the fall. “We haven’t banked any electricity, so we still get bills,” he said. A check of the photovoltaic production shows the town’s solar panels have generated 6.3 Mwh of power and saved 9,761 lbs. of CO2 emissions.

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