The Cortlandville Planning Board met last night to discuss multiple projects on the docket, with one of them being a proposed Solar Project at 3023 Route 215 in Cortlandville.
The site plan application shows a proposed 5 MW AC ground-mounted solar farm at the address mentioned above. The property is currently part of agricultural fields, wetlands, and forested lands.
The project has been titled Cortlandville Solar. The company, Cortlandville PV, LLC, is based out of New York City. Andy Welch, a representative from RIC Energy, the parent company of Cortlandville PV, LLC, spoke of the project informing board members of the project.
Details of the project included no removal of trees on the property, that only 33 of the 76 acres of the property would be used for solar, additional trees would be planted in areas where the tree line is thin, and the solar area completely fenced in.
Overall, the board’s views of the project were positive, the board considered the location of the project in a rural area, back away from Route 215, amount of detail the developer presented, and the view of the solar panels blocked by an all season tree-line (pine trees). The added trees planted would be at least 6 to 8 feet.
The board then voted to send the project to the county for review, the vote was unanimous. The planning board also voted unanimously to be the lead agency on the project.