Rosendale developing rules for commercial solar arrays | Local News – The Daily Freeman

ROSENDALE, N.Y. — The Town Board is reviewing proposed regulations for commercial solar arrays that would use large areas of open space.

The regulations, currently in draft form, would be in addition to existing town rules covering residential solar installations, Councilman John Hughes said.

“Rosendale is creating a section of town code to … mostly address large-scale projects,” Hughes said.

Rosendale is among municipalities in New York reviewing applications from developers who are seeking to take advantage of a state law that provides tax incentives for new solar installations of up to 2 megawatts.

“The town is being courted and visited … from firms wanting to put in large-scale projects,” Hughes said. “So the town is now smartening up to make a code that covers all the [issues] those projects bring with them.”

The new regulations would be for systems that exceed 25 kilowatts.

The proposed restrictions include a height limit of 16 feet and a minimum 50-foot setback from front and rear property lines unless a property’s zoning requires more.

There also would have to be stormwater retention and treatment systems, an effort to have all power lines placed underground, access roads made of either gravel or crushed stone, a maintenance plan that includes access for emergency services, and adherence to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rules for tree removal.


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