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Legislature Again Rejects Contract with Abundant Solar for Landfill Project

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At last week’s Cortland County Legislature meeting, the board once again voted down a proposal to enter into a contract with Abundant Solar to build an array at the county landfill.

The same measure also failed last month, but was brought back forward after its proponents thought they’d gained enough support to get it passed.

Those in opposition indicated they were on board with the idea of solar at the landfill, but against this particular contract.

“I sat in this same spot for a presentation by Abundant Solar in 2018, where they promoted to us a robust project,” said Legislator Paul Heider (LD-16). “They then disappeared off the face of the earth, until they came back recently and promoted a much smaller project. I am against Abundant Solar, but I am for solar at our landfill.”

Heider’s also involved with another project to build a 600 acre, 40-megawatt solar array mostly located in the town of Solon, but also partly in Homer and Cortlandville. That project’s being developed by EDF Renewables.

According to Heider, the project manager on the job has also offered him suggestions on improving the proposal at the county landfill, including the recommendation of several alternative companies. (more info on that project here)

While the resolution to partner with Abundant Solar appears to be dead, it’s likely one of these alternatives may emerge as an option to resume the project in the future.

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