Oxbow Hill Solar

Solar to Power 30,000 NY Homes

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About Thousand Island Solar

Oxbow Hill Solar is a utility-scale solar project proposed in the town of Fenner, NY that would be collocated with the existing Fenner Wind project. Oxbow Hill Solar has a proposed capacity of 140 MW, enough power to supply approximately 30,000 New York households. The project would connect to the existing Fenner substation and utilize existing wind farm access roads, limiting the need for new infrastructure improvements. The project would conform with the Town of Fenner’s existing community character of renewable energy infrastructure, ecotourism, and agriculture. Pollinator-friendly vegetation will be planted on-site to support nearby farms.

Cypress Creek signs MOU with local NY laborers

Cypress Creek Renewables is proud to announce a Memorandum of Understanding with Laborers’ Union Local 190 for the construction of the Oxbow Hill Solar Project. 
The proposed project is a 140 MW solar generation facility located in the Town of Fenner in Madison County. The on-site construction of this project is anticipated to begin in 2023 and extend to 2024. This MOU means that construction of this project shall be completed by skilled members of Laborers’ Local 190. 
“Cypress Creek’s Oxbow Hill Solar Project is a win for organized labor, New York State’s climate goals and Madison County’s economy” Laborers’ Local 190 Business Manager Anthony Fresina said. “Thanks to our agreement with Cypress Creek, we know that the jobs created by this project will be good jobs that pay family-sustaining wages. My members are ready to go to work building renewable energy projects in their own backyards. We fully support the Oxbow Hill Solar Project.” 
Cypress Creek would use this agreement to hire skilled prime contractors to head various portions of the project construction. These contractors would then hire trained craftsmen, journeymen and workers to construct the project. 
“As New York State transitions from fossil fuels powered energy to renewables, we must make sure that New York’s construction workers aren’t left behind,” John Hutchings, Director of the New York State Laborers’ Organizing Fund said. “Cypress Creek Renewables has committed to hiring local workers and ensuring that these green jobs will also be good paying jobs. We look forward to working with Cypress Creek Renewables on this project and seeing its benefits go to residents of Madison County.” 
This collaboration highlights Cypress Creek’s “support local” approach to construction of its facilities. It is one of two recently agreed to in New York. The other MOU is with IBEW Local 237 for the company’s Bear Ridge Solar Project in the town of Cambria and Pendleton, which recently filed an application in the State’s 94-c process. 
“Providing opportunities to the local job force in our project areas is an important part of Cypress Creek’s culture,” Marissa Scavo, Associate Director of Development at Cypress Creek Renewables, said. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with Laborer’s Local 190 and IBEW for our upcoming projects in New York State.” 
For more information about Oxbow Hill, visit ccrenew.com/projects/oxbow/.

Development Schedule

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1. Select site and customer

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2. Design and permit

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3. Buy equipment and finance

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4. Construct

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5. Interconnect

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6. Operate and maintain

  • Stages 1 & 2 typically take 3-4 years

  • Stages 3 through 6 typically take 1.5-2 years

State Siting Process (94-c)

New York State has enacted a significant overhaul of large-scale renewable energy project permitting, replacing the process under Article 10 of the Public Service Law. The Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act will help move the State toward achieving the goals set forth in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (“CLCPA”). These goals include having a minimum of 70% statewide electricity consumption come from renewable sources by 2030.

Under the Act, large-scale renewable energy projects will now apply to a streamlined permitting regime overseen by a newly-created Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES), within the Department of State. The Act creates a centralized, uniform permitting process for large-scale renewable energy generation facilities. No other state agency, department, authority, or municipality may require any approval for a major renewable energy project, provided that a municipality has been given notice.

ORES will consult with NYSERDA, the Department of Environmental Consultation, the Department of Public Service, the Department of Agriculture & Markets, and any other relevant state agencies and authorities with subject matter expertise to set uniform permitting standards and conditions. These standards and conditions will be designed to avoid or minimize, to the maximum extent possible, any potential significant adverse environmental impacts. Before the uniform standards and conditions are adopted, ORES must hold four public hearings in different regions of the state to receive comments from the public and the municipalities.

Once an Application under the process is filed, ORES must determine that the application is complete within sixty days, and the developer must submit proof that it consulted with the local municipalities about the procedural and substantive requirements of any applicable local law.

Within sixty days from completion of the Section 94-c, ORES will publish draft permit conditions for public comment. Members of the public as well as municipalities have sixty days to respond. If any comment raises a “substantive and significant issue,” then ORES must proceed to an adjudicatory hearing to hear arguments and consider evidence on that issue. General statements of opposition will be considered by ORES but would not warrant a hearing.

Municipalities who receive notice of a Section 94-c application “shall” submit a statement to ORES indicating whether the project complies with local law. If the municipality states that the project does not comply, and ORES decides not to hold an adjudicatory hearing, then the Department of State must hold a public statement hearing in the affected municipality.

All 94-C Permits will require the permittee to provide a host community benefit. Permittees and host communities can agree to the type of benefit that will be provided, or ORES or the PSC can determine the type of project that would benefit the community.

ORES, may elect not to apply, in whole or in part, any local law or ordinance which would otherwise be applicable if it makes a finding that, as applied to the proposed major renewable energy facility, it is unreasonably burdensome in view of the CLCPA targets and the environmental benefits of the proposed major renewable energy facility.