Oxbow Hill Solar

Solar to Power 30,000 NY Homes

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About Oxbow Hill 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.

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

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.

Why Oxbow Hill Solar

In addition to the environmental benefits of renewable energy, Oxbow Hill Solar will contribute to the local economy and the local tax base, while also putting downward pressure on wholesale energy prices.

  • Local economic benefits: New York State imported 26 million MWh of power in 2018 – enough power to supply almost one million homes for an entire year. Oxbow Hill Solar will provide a local source of power that will also support local jobs, taxes, and investment in-state.

  • New Source of Tax Revenue: Oxbow Hill Solar will increase local tax proceeds from the land where the project will be located by at least 10x without any new public infrastructure costs = an overall net gain to the Town, County, and School Districts

  • Downward Pressure on Wholesale Prices: By injecting a new source of energy in the electricity grid, Oxbow Hill Solar will put a downward pressure on wholesale energy prices.

  • Collocation with Agriculture: Oxbow Hill Solar will include the installation of pollinator-friendly vegetation to support NY’s pollinator population, which in turn support local farmers. We are exploring utilizing sheep grazing to manage vegetation on the Oxbow Hill Solar. This work would be sub-contracted out to a local grazer, providing an agricultural business opportunity for farmers in Fenner and Madison County.

  • Host Community Agreement: In addition to property tax revenue, we will work with local stakeholders to build a Host Community Agreement (HCA) that benefits the community. An HCA aims to deliver local improvements and benefits directly to Fenner.

    Why an HCA?

    • Shifts economic investment to the taxing jurisdiction with the most permitting burden (the Town) and typically the lowest tax rate.

    • Can help with the limitations of the 2% tax cap.

    Examples of HCA components

    • SUNY Morrisville Workforce Development Partnership – Internship and vocational partnership with the Renewable Energy training Center at SUNY Morrisville

    • Fenner Neighborhood Fund – Fund would establish issuing credits to neighbors of Oxbow Hill Solar project to offset a portion of their electricity bills

    • Ambulance District Fund – Donation to the ambulance district to prevent tax increases to residents

About Cypress Creek Renewables in New York State

Cypress Creek is a leading solar developer and operator across New York. We have completed development and construction on 34 projects across New York and manage an operating portfolio of 61MW in the state. In 2019 alone, Cypress Creek reached commercial operation on 12 projects in New York.

We strive to be good neighbors and contribute to the communities where our people and our projects are located. We focus our community engagement efforts on four focus areas: Environmental Sustainability, STEM Education and Workforce Development, Economic Development and Community Investment, and Veterans Initiatives.

In 2018, we partnered 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.

More about Cypress Creek Renewables: Cypress Creek Renewables is powering a sustainable future, one project at a time. We develop, finance, own and operate utility-scale and distributed power plants across the country. With more than 8 gigawatts of solar developed and more than 2.5 gigawatts under management, Cypress Creek is one of the country’s leading solar and storage companies. For more information about Cypress Creek, please visit www.ccrenew.com.


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