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Project Permitting

Section 94-c of the Executive Law of New York State governs the process for siting and permitting applicable to the Shepherd’s Run Solar Farm. It provides for the review of new or modified major electric generating facilities by the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES), housed within the Department of State. 

Key provisions of the law include:

  • All new renewable energy projects larger than 25 megawatts will be required to seek an approved permit through the ORES prior to construction.
  • Creates and oversees a review and approval process for large scale renewable energy projects.
  • Regulations promulgated under the law address environmental impacts and identify potential mitigation measures to address those impacts.
  • For each project, municipalities and community intervenors may apply for funds, provided by the developer and managed by the ORES, to defray the costs of reviewing the project and participating in the ORES process.