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New York is leading the nation, with a goal of using 70% renewables by 2030, and EDF Renewables is leading the solar energy charge starting with the Morris Ridge Solar Energy Center. A growing solution to energy demands, solar power is a safe, clean technology that NY residents and businesses want now. The initiatives outlined in the State Energy Plan can be found here.
The Morris Ridge Solar Energy Center (Project) is a proposed up to 177 MWac solar photovoltaic facility which may include up to 83 MW of energy storage, located in the Town of Mount Morris, Livingston County, New York. The Facility will safely generate enough clean, renewable electricity to power 38,000 New York households. The Facility will interconnect to the New York power grid via a new Point of Interconnection (POI) in the Town of Mount Morris, tapping into the 230 kilovolt (“kV”) transmission line which connects the existing South Perry and Meyers substations in the Towns of Castile and North Dansville, respectively. The Facility will be sited on approximately 1,000 acres of leased private and mostly cleared land. The Project will consist of hundreds of thousands of solar panels.
The Project will help bolster the local economy by providing reliable revenues to Project landowners and the host communities, including the Town of Mount Morris, Livingston County, and local school districts. As currently proposed, the Project would contribute the following economic benefits to the region:
- More than $10 million in direct payments to the Town of Mount Morris, Livingston County and local school districts in the first 20 years of operation.
- More than 200 jobs at the peak of construction. Construction is anticipated to last 12-18 months during 2021 and 2022.
- Three full time highly skilled jobs during the 20+ year operating life of the Project.
Opportunities possible for local businesses including in the hospitality, material supply, and construction services sectors during construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning project phases.
The Project will safely generate enough clean, emission free electricity to power 38,000 NY households.
EDF Renewables believes projects will have a better chance to succeed if we have a presence in the community and are available to respond to interests. Developing relationships early during the permitting process and continuing throughout the installation and operation of the projects creates trusting, long lasting relationships.
We’ve already begun with three successful open house sessions. More than 40 people attended our first open house hosted at the Mount Morris Central School in June 2018 and more than 200 people attended two open houses at the Genessee River Restaurant & Reception Center in February 2019. During each meeting, our team of energy experts informed attendees of our project plans and responded to community interests. Our team will continue to keep the community updated as the project develops. (see open house boards and take a virtual tour).