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NYSERDA Brownfield initiative

June 29, 2018 06:37 pm

To the Editor:

In case anyone missed it, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has recently instituted financial incentives for the development of non-residential solar facilities on brownfields, landfills, rooftops and parking lots.

This is a significant step forward in siting such projects in appropriate locations, thereby helping to redirect developers such as Cypress Creek from clearcutting woodlands and taking over farmland. With this incentive in place, the siting of commercial solar developments in areas such as those proposed in Greene County will hopefully soon be a bad memory.

As local towns face decisions regarding the pending commercial solar projects, let’s not make the mistake of endorsing a bad practice when avenues are opening to do otherwise. Although times have changed, Greene County continues to depend largely on tourism, and the destruction of hundreds of acres of woodlands — even beyond the environmental impact — does not seem conducive to drawing visitors to our communities.

Barbara Valicenti