City solar project nears seeing light of day

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Plans for a solar project along Rome-Oriskany Road near Route 233 are moving forward.

A 4.3 megawatt solar project slated for 6948 Rome-Oriskany Road, was given a green light by the city planning board Tuesday night with the conditions of a decommissioning bond being secured and an additional barrier to be added to the plans for an access point along Rome-Oriskany Road.

Per city code, a bond for the costs of decommissioning and cleanup of the farm has to be in place for the project to move forward. 

The funds remain in place for as long as the site is operational - no matter how many years - and is used to dismantle the solar equipment and clean the site.

Typical decommissioning costs are around $150,000, officials said.

The additional barrier for the access point was at the request of a neighbor to the project who had a concern regarding the presence of nuisance vehicles.

Further, the 10 acres project was also declared “negative” for any environmental impacts after a review of a required environmental impact study.

Officials also said that there was sufficient buffering from the nearby residential area. Additional project details including a map of the proposed site can be found online at: https://romenewyork.com/planning-board/

In other planning board actions was a review of the plans for a GPO Credit Union location proposed for a 1705 N. James Street site.

The construction style of the 3,000 square foot building project will “blend in with the neighborhood,” a project representative told the city. There will be high end landscaping to beautify the intersection it is seat on and the masonry will be earth tones.

Further action on the plan was tabled pending an ongoing required environmental impact review.

The next planning board meeting is set for January 5.

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