Agribusiness Column: Recommendations for solar Pproject decommissioning

Several agencies and organizations within Jefferson County formed an ad-hoc committee and reviewed examples of decommissioning plans put forth by solar development companies (SDC) proposing solar arrays within Jefferson County. Many of the plans were satisfactory in addressing most of the issues a landowner and municipality would have in the decommissioning of a solar project and restoration of the land to conditions suitable for future use of the land.

Local municipalities may have review authority over solar projects of 25MW or more through their zoning law/ordinance of a local law. Specific written regulations on solar development are important to minimize impacts to the community, farmland, and other natural resources. To learn what authority your municipality has over a solar project, contact the Jefferson County Planning Department or the NYS Tug Hill Commission for help.

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