3,500 Acres represents 25% of the acreage that is sited east of Rt. 87 - this land will soon go from residential and agricultural to industrial. Can we afford to lose our Community?
This map represents multiple projects proposed for Coxsackie and Greene County. Project borders are subject to change as developers make adjustments. Developers are planning to consume a proposed 3,500 acres of residential and agricultural land in the town and village of Coxsackie and Athens, NY.
The total megawatts for these proposed projects represents the largest solar development in a residential area for upstate NY and quite possibly the Northeast.
Recently many of us have spotted “Solar Saves Farms” signs around the Hecate project sites. Here’s what the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets says about solar and farming in their comments on the Hecate Greene PSS:
“The useful life of solar arrays is approximately 20 to 40 years. The Department considers the conversion of agricultural land to a nonagricultural use for up to 40 years a permanent conversion. The Department is primarily concerned with the percent of agricultural land in the project area that is being converted to nonagricultural use and the impact on the agricultural viability in the Facility Area.”
In other words, solar doesn’t save farms. Solar sometimes eliminates farms. We can’t afford to keep losing prime farmland to solar development.