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State Public Service Commission Announces Virtual Public Statement Hearing on Homer Solar Project


The New York State Public Service Commission has announced a virtual public statement hearing regarding the Homer Solar Project. The project calls for the construction, ownership and operation of a 90 MW solar farm within the Towns of Cortlandville, Homer, and Solon.

Homer Solar Energy Center, LLC. is a wholly owned subsidiary of EDF Renewables. The project will be sited on nearly 600 acres of leased private lands with the 90 MW facility capable of powering over 20,000 homes within the state. EDF says the project will help achieve the state’s goal of 70% renewable energy by the end of this decade.

The Public Service Commission says Homer Solar had filed a petition back in July of 2023 seeking a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN), lightened regulation as an electric corporation, and an order finding that the public hearings required by the Public Service Law, be held before the Commission.

The Commission says if it is issued, the CPCN would allow Homer Solar to begin construction, own, and operate the solar farm. The virtual public statement hearing will be held before Administrative Law Judge Anthony Belsito and on Tuesday, February 13th at 1pm. The meeting will be held on WebEx.

For those who would like to comment on any aspect of the proceeding, they will have an opportunity to make a statement on the record during the virtual public statement hearing. Anyone who wishes to provide a statement on the record must pre-register by 4:30pm on February 12th.

A public statement on the record may be done electronically or via phone. For electronic registration, click HERE. After clicking the link, enter the event number 2340 620 3270, then click continue and then “Register” followed by entering all required information. The password for the electronic access is: Feb13-1pm.

For telephone, call 1-800-342-3330 and follow the prompts to the hearing and provide the following information. The access code is 2340 620 3270 and password: 33213017.

“All participants will be muted upon entry into the hearing. The ALJ will call each person who has registered to speak. The ALJ will continue the hearing until everyone wishing to speak has been heard or other reasonable arrangements have been made to include their comments in the record. Time limits may be set for each speaker as necessary to afford all attendees an opportunity to be heard. It is recommended that lengthy comments be submitted in writing and summarized for oral presentation. A verbatim transcript of the hearing will be made for inclusion in the record of this case.” 

Anyone interested in listening to the hearing and does not wish to offer a statement may call in 1-518-549-0500 and enter the access code 2340 620 3270. The Public Service Commission will also stream the public statement hearing live on their YouTube channel.

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