Large scale solar is an invasive industry unwilling to pay taxes. Much like large-scale industrial wind projects in New York State, industrialized solar projects pose some of the same concerns for small rural communities including, but not limited to, the erosion of home rule, loss of the area's rural character, subsidizing projects with your hard earned wages paid as taxes, electric ratepayer mandates and PILOTs, and jeopardizing large swaths of fertile agricultural land... solar energy “farms” are not agriculture.
Industrial scale solar equipment containing hazardous materials will soon be sited close to your NY home, according to new proposed regulations.
Your community should consider that solar project noise is created from inverters and HVAC systems, panels are known to break free from mounts and crack in heavy storms, containment areas are known to flood, battery storage can explode & catch fire, and you should know that on average these projects are only expected to produce less than 19% of their nameplate capacity.
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of land accommodates
The net capacity factor of a power plant is the ratio of its actual output over a period of time, to its potential output if it were possible for it to operate at full nameplate capacity continuously over the same period of time. To calculate the capacity factor, take the total amount of energy the plant produced during a period of time and divide by the amount of energy the plant would have produced at full capacity. Capacity factors vary greatly depending on the type of fuel that is used and the design of the plant. The capacity factor should not be confused with the availability factor, capacity credit (firm capacity) or with efficiency.
One reason for reduced capacity factor is that a plant may not have the fuel available to operate all of the time.
When the sun isn’t shining, solar PV cannot produce electricity. When the wind is not blowing, wind turbines cannot produce electricity. Solar PV and wind turbines have a capacity factor limited by the availability of their “fuel”, sunshine and wind respectively.
EXAMPLE OF COMMUNITY SCALE SOLAR
"Panels rippled like waves in the wind", solar farm damaged in Currituck County, NC
Town of Malone Solar Energy Law - August 18, 2018
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Urge your local government to adopt a Moratorium on wind and solar development to allow them time to research and create laws that will protect you from many negative health, environmental, and economic impacts.
Protect your Property Rights
New York State solar project performance data. View real-world data from over 1,200 live DER projects in New York State. https://der.nyserda.ny.gov/data/performance/
Malone Town Board meeting
AN EXAMPLE OF INDUSTRIALIZED SOLAR
Franklin Solar, an example of an industrial solar project which is subject to NY's Article 10 law. The following documents were submitted by F.A.R.M., a citizens group in northern New York, to the DPS for Case No. 17-F-0602, the proposed 950 acre solar electric generating facility in Malone, NY by developer Geronimo Energy.
Know and understand the ramifications of such projects to help educate yourself, family, friends and neighbors, and to protect your town:
- Statement, from the Franklin County Agricultural & Farmland Protection Board.
- Effects on the Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan.
-Ramifications to highly productive soils and farms.
- Understanding soil, and why re-purposing prime agricultural farmland for solar energy is not wise. Also heat, ecological traps & polarized light pollution (PLP).
-Industrial equipment and noise.
- PV panel glare and solar glare hazard.
- Decommissioning the solar panels, lots of them, at the end of the project... hazardous waste?
6 acres of land
Solar project noise is real, emanating from inverters and HVAC systems.
3,000 to 4,000 panels
Canton-Solar-Farm-Site-Plan, source: North Country Now
MORE LOCAL EXAMPLES OF INDUSTRIALIZED SOLAR
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Another Argument For Full Taxes,
Farmers and solar development
Solar energy “farms” are not agriculture.
• Once a solar lease is signed, that property owner is no longer a farmer, they are now a landlord and their new tenant is an electric generating plant.
• Farmers are hardworking people that produce our food and we have all supported them. The proof… We all make up the property tax deficiency made by area farmers for them to take advantage of their Ag property tax exemption.
• No one is objecting to anyones lucrative land lease deal, but the tax payers of the town should not be asked to subsidize a commercial solar energy plant by allowing a PILOT or any other property tax discount for the landlords or their tenant, the developer. They must be required to pay full property taxes on their assessment, just like other businesses and property owners.
• Allowing a property owner to do what they want with their property is different from a developer doing what they want with the leased property.
An industrial energy lease (along with so called good neighbor agreements) gives the solar or wind developer control of the property and excludes the property owner from any say in the developer’s planned use. Grouped together, these leases allow a corporation, not individual property owners, to control a very large tract of land in our towns. Your new small town neighbor will now be a large corporate tenant operating an industrial power plant. If you have any problems with your new corporate neighbor you will now be required to telephone a 1-800 complaint hot line located elsewhere to speak to someone you do not know.
• Large scale solar is an invasive industry unwilling to pay taxes. It dooms our communities to permanent ineligibility for more appealing economic development possibilities through the use of liberal setbacks and noise regulations restricting ALL OTHER property owners land use, not the developers.
RESULTING SOLAR ENERGY LAW
January 24, 2018
Malone Town Board meeting with Article 10 presentation
local example: produces 13.2% of nameplate capacity
One local example:
Negotiating a PILOT ?
For example on solar, a NYSERDA document states: "NYSERDA's research indicates that PILOT rates should be negotiable between 1% and 3% of the compensation solar developers receive for the electricity their projects generate." But, on average solar projects in New York are only expected to produce less than 19% of their promised “nameplate capacity”.
Translation: If you negotiate a portion of production/energy generation as payment, you will receive 1-3% of 19% as noted above (capacity factor) not 1-3% of 100% which is promised (nameplate capacity).
Learn why the newly proposed NY noise levels and setbacks are not appropriate for our towns, and how they will restrict your property rights in favor of an industrial energy plant. Read and share this crucial information every NY town & citizen needs to know now.
source: excerpt from ussolarinstitute.com/glossary
Solar project noise is real, emanating from inverters and HVAC systems.
What you need to know about Industrial Wind Farms
Northern NY Wind
Read and share this crucial information every NY town & citizen needs to know now.
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November 13, 2017, Potsdam NY
St. Lawrence County Ag and Farmland Protection Board including discussion of leases.
Next generation industrial wind and solar facilities have battery storage. Hawaiian wind energy plant battery storage fire
Mark Richardson, C.E.O. from U.S. Light Energy, "... the company’s first obligation in the process is to work with the planning board on the site plan, not neighboring property owners."
EXAMPLE OF COMMUNITY SCALE SOLAR