COXSACKIE — Saving Greene: Citizens for Sensible Solar will host speakers State Senator George Amedore and Assemblyman Chris Tague at their public meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Coxsackie Elementary School cafeteria on Sunset Boulevard.
Saving Greene is holding the meeting to make local residents aware of the scale of utility-scale solar development in Coxsackie and share news of the group’s recent activities. Spokesperson Kim Rose will also provide updates on the group’s opposition to Hecate Energy’s Greene County Solar Facility.
The proposed 50-megawatt major electric generating facility would be located on an 800+ acre site in residential and agricultural districts between the village of Coxsackie and Sleepy Hollow Lake. The facility would include approximately 400 acres of solar panels, along with inverters, transmission lines, substations, access roads, and perimeter fencing.
Approximately 3,500 acres of solar development is proposed within a 5.5 mile radius of a Coxsackie. The generating capacity for Coxsackie alone would total over 175 megawatts from nine utility-scale solar plants. This capacity is the highest proposed for any single residential community in upstate New York, and more than is being proposed for all of Rensselaer, Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties combined. Rose notes the cumulative effect of development on this unprecedented scale would be profoundly detrimental to the character, economy, and agricultural resources of the area, with lasting environmental consequences.