Bear Ridge Solar Project

A proposed 100 MW-AC solar facility in the Towns of Cambria and Pendleton, Niagara County, New York

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About Cypress Creek Renewables in New York State

In New York State, Cypress Creek has been working to advance clean energy for over three years, delivering millions of dollars in investment and economic development to communities across the State through its 19 permitted community solar projects and over 50 others in development. Through this, Cypress Creek has demonstrated a commitment to the state through solar development and other community-focused initiatives, including:

  • A partnership with the Hudson Valley Community College Workforce Development Institute to reduce course fees in solar job training, with a focus on recruiting veterans, women, and underrepresented communities in the solar industry.

  • Improved soil and agricultural productivity for local farmland resulting from the installation of on-site pollinator habitat at every NY Cypress Creek project, including Bear Ridge Solar. Through planting and managing native, pollinator-friendly vegetation, storm water runoff can be reduced by 8-23 percent and wild pollinator populations, such as bees and butterflies, can be restored and sustained. In 2016, New York lost half of its managed pollinator populations, which are vital for the crop yield of pollinator-dependent crops worth $344 million to the State’s agricultural industry. Cypress Creek’s projects will provide thousands of acres of healthy habitat for insects urgently needed to support agriculture

  • Investments of new solar installations of approximately $740 million dollars in the next five years, much of it going to the local communities where the solar projects will be developed.

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Marisa Scavo
Project Developer
Cypress Creek Renewables

Marisa Scavo is a permitting specialist that has dedicated the past three years to advancing New York State's clean energy program for Cypress Creek Renewables. She has managed permitting for over 30 late-stage development projects in NY, ranging from 2 MW community solar projects to 100 MW utility-scale projects. At Cypress Creek, Marisa has also focused on CCR's Solar + Pollinator Initiative in the Northeast to support the collocation of renewable energy and agriculture, international electrification project construction and fundraising in Nepal and Puerto Rico, and the company's first diversity internship program supporting students of color, women, and veterans.

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Kevin Kohlstedt
Project Developer
Cypress Creek Renewables

Kevin Kohlstedt is an innovative project manager committed to working with communities to bring them meaningful benefits through clean energy projects. Kevin has spent nearly 10 years developing, designing, and constructing large scale projects across the U.S. At Cypress Creek, Kevin leads the development of transmission-scale solar projects in the Northeast, helping to deliver clean energy to power thousands of homes and businesses. With an engineering background and masters in design innovation and business administration, Kevin uses his multi-disciplinary experience to understand local context and create valuable solutions for communities and customers alike.

Introduction to Bear Ridge Project Team

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EDR - Environmental Design & Research, Landscape Architecture, Engineering & Environmental Services, D.P.C.

EDR is a woman-owned firm doing business since 1979 from their offices located in Upstate New York. The EDR team is a diverse staff of professionals including environmental regulatory specialists, ecologists, cultural resource professionals, landscape architects, civil engineers, community planners, graphic communication, and mapping specialists. EDR is among the leading environmental permitting consultants with more than two decades of experience working on renewable energy projects in the Eastern United States. They have been involved in the review and permitting of over 50 utility-scale renewable energy projects. EDR has an extensive background in federal, state, and local permitting strategies, including SEQRA, Article 10 and Article VII, Federal Clean Water Act (Sections 401 and 404), and NEPA. In support of these regulations, EDR routinely conducts and facilitates various studies and analyses including wetland and stream delineations, invasive species surveys, cultural/archaeological surveys, visual impact assessments, socioeconomic analyses, and civil and site engineering.

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ASC - Arch Street Communications

ASC is a woman-owned strategic communications firm that builds awareness of social issues that affect Americans - in energy, transportation, safety, and air quality. Based in New York State for more than 25 years, they work alongside public and private sector clients to develop integrated communications solutions for projects in renewable energy, energy policy, and power initiatives that support and expand the energy grid. ASC's outreach team leverages best practice strategies to inform, involve, and engage the public through defensible, robust outreach programs delivered by professionals trained in SEQR, NEPA, Article VII and Article 10 environmental processes. ASC has deep experience across New York, having completed successful public engagement projects in more than 70 communities across the state.

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Young/Sommer LLC

Young/Sommer LLC is a recognized leader in environmental and energy law in New York. Decades of experience in private practice and State government allow Young Sommer to understand the challenges facing small businesses, municipalities, large corporations and individuals. Young Sommer’s knowledge and skill in environmental law puts it at the forefront of its field, ensuring that Young Sommer delivers the best and most cost-effective advice. Young/Sommer has been ranked for fourteen consecutive years among the top ten New York State environmental law firms by Chambers USA, for the leading lawyers for businesses.