Solar siting heads for showdown

Tribune News Service/FileGreene and Columbia county officials fear that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget amendment to do away with the state Siting Board will eliminate local control over siting solar farms.

A proposed budget amendment that would cut local voices out of the solar permitting process is moving forward despite pushback from Greene and Columbia county officials.

Negotiations are continuing on the proposed changes to siting solar and wind energy, known as the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act, said a spokesman in the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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