We’d like to clarify Saving Greene’s role in the developing the new Coxsackie solar law. It’s being asserted that we participated in writing it, which we did not. Nor did our attorneys. Grant and Lyon, who wrote the Town of Rhinebeck’s solar law, provided a copy of that law to the Town of Coxsackie as a courtesy. To the best of our knowledge, no parts of it were incorporated.
The Town of Coxsackie requested comments on the new law from the community at large. Saving Greene commented during the designated review period. We do not know whether any of our suggestions will be adopted. An example of our comments: we asked that solar developers provide training and supplies if volunteer firefighters are expected to respond to calls.
To reiterate, we did not take part in writing the new law, nor did our attorneys. We did not suggest content or language during the writing of the law. Any assertion to the contrary is verifiably false.
Saving Greene wants to thank our local officials in Greene County, and our representatives in Albany and Washington, for sending these letters to the Secretary of the Public Service Commission and the DPS Administrative Law Judge for Hecate Greene’s utility-scale solar plant proposed for Coxsackie.
The unified message conveyed is that while renewables are essential to our future energy needs, proper siting is imperative. The misuse of Article 10 to impose the largest solar power plant to date in NYS on a historic municipality, in a residential community, is unprecedented and must be stopped. Our thanks go to:
Coxsackie Town Supervisor Rick Hanse
Coxsackie Mayor Mark Evans
Greene County Legislature (all members)
Assemblyman Chris Tague
State Senator George Amedore
U.S. Congressman John Faso
You have all listened to and supported your constituents, while providing leadership and guidance as we embark on what will now be considered the renewable era of energy production.
Your stance also validates the fact that this issue goes well beyond NIMBYism. Irresponsibly sited utility-scale solar plants, if allowed to be built without thoughtful siting and the full support of the communities where they are to be located, will have detrimental economic and environmental impacts on small municipalities across upstate New York. Thank you for your foresight and fortitude in protecting our community's beauty and economic future.
Rick’s Hanse’s letter requesting that the Public Service Commission halt Article 10 proceedings for Hecate Greene’s project has now been endorsed by:
- US Congressman John Faso
-Assemblyman Chris Tague
-State Senator George Amedore
-The entire Greene County Legislature
-Village of Coxsackie Mayor Mark Evans
Rick is asking the administrative law judge for the Hecate proceedings to make a ruling on his request to halt the Article 10 process. The letters have been posted on the DPS website.