Outside of the 94-c public comment period and requirements, the Harvest Hills Solar Project is committed to continually engaging with the community and considering local input. Project representatives are regularly attending Genoa and Venice Town Board meetings to provide project updates and answer questions. In addition, the project website has project information, frequently asked questions, and contact information, as well as a form through which comments can be submitted.
The Act created the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES), which is tasked with reviewing and granting siting permits under the new 94-c permitting process to large-scale renewable energy projects. Renewable energy projects that are currently undergoing the Article 10 permitting process have the choice to either remain in Article 10 or to transfer to the new 94-c process under ORES.
The 94-c Application is substantively similar to the Article 10 requirements, with many of the same surveys and studies required under both processes. Exhibits required as part of a 94-c Application include:
Once the project is certified, there is a three-part compliance phase:
Local agency account funding is money that Applicants (i.e., ConnectGen) make available to qualified, locally affected parties and municipalities to offset certain expenses they incur in participating in the state permitting process. These funds are meant to encourage early and effective public involvement in project development and permitting.
Upon the filing of a 94-c Application, ConnectGen will post $1,000/MW, totaling $300,000.00 for the Harvest Hills Solar Project, which can be sought by local community members and the Towns of Genoa and Venice. 75% of local agency account funds are reserved for municipalities under 94-c.
Qualified, locally affected parties may apply for funds within 30 days of Application filing by submitting an application to:
Empire State Plaza Swan Street Building – Core 1
Albany, NY 12239
In order to formally file papers related to issues of fact and have them considered as part of the evidentiary record, you must be granted full party or amicus status pursuant to Section 900-8.4 of the 94-c regulations. The period for filing a petition for party status shall be at least sixty (60) days from the Office of Hearing’s issuance of notice of the public comment hearing. Nonparties who wish to have their comments recorded are permitted to submit oral or written comments during the public comment portion of the proceedings, or as otherwise provided by the ALJ. Such public statements will not constitute evidence in the adjudicatory hearing but may be used by the ALJ as a basis for further inquiries.
For amicus party status, interested parties should file a petition that includes:
Stakeholder involvement and consultation are part of an ongoing, evolving process throughout all phases of the 94-c review process. ConnectGen’s goal is to identify any additional stakeholders potentially affected by the Harvest Hills Solar Project, provide information to stakeholders, solicit information from stakeholders during public outreach events, understand stakeholder interests, and generally foster public participation in the 94-c review process.
You may access all documents electronically through the links above and on the New York State Department of Public Service’s Document Matter Manager (DMM) system once an entry is established for the Project, or you may access hard copies of the documents at one of the following locations: