Justices uphold dismissal of solar lawsuit

File photo An aerial view of the proposed Hecate Energy solar farm site in Copake as seen in this file photo. Dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the town of Copake and 12 other plaintiffs challenging the authority of the state Office of Renewable Energy Siting was upheld by a state appellate court.

COPAKE — Justices of the Third Department state Appellate Court have upheld a lower court ruling to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the state Office of Renewable Energy Siting seeking to discard some regulations for approving large solar farms including the proposed Shepherd’s Run project in the town of Copake.

The town was one of 13 municipalities, environmental groups and conservation organizations that filed the lawsuit in state Supreme Court of Albany County in June 2021 against the state Office of Renewable Energy Siting, or ORES, challenging the fast-track siting process for industrial solar and wind facilities.

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Reduced to sixty acres or six hundred?

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