The proposed solar facility is a 50-megawatt photovoltaic (PV) project to be built in the Town and Village of Coxsackie in Greene County, New York. It will consist of PV solar arrays, access roads, and electrical interconnection to the utility grid. (See “Where will the solar facility be located?” for map.)
Hecate Energy is proposing to build the Greene County Solar Facility. A developer of solar power plants, wind-power plants, and energy storage solutions, Hecate Energy has developed and contracted over 1,000 megawatts of solar projects across the US, including several projects in New York and the Northeast.
The solar facility will be built between Route 9 and Route 385 in the Town of Coxsackie, Greene County. The footprint of the solar panels and ancillary structure is expected to total approximately 395 acres.
It is expected to produce about 93,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year – enough to supply about 13,000 average New York state households (which is approximately 75% of Greene County’s 17,250 households).
 Utility-Scale Solar: The Path to High-Value, Cost-Competitive Projects, Smart Electric Power Alliance, April 2016. (https://store.sepapower.org/CPBase__item?id=a12o000000JTZ1rAAH)
The emission-free electricity produced by the solar farm will offset over 50,500 tons of carbon dioxide per year -- equivalent to taking over 9,700 average cars off the road.
[i] Hoen, B., Wiser, R., & Cappers, P. (2013). A Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. (https://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-6362e.pdf) and Hoen, B., & Atkinson-Palombo, C. (2014). Relationship between Wind Turbines and Residential Property Values in Massachusetts. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; University of Connecticut. ( https://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-6371e_0.pdf)
The solar tracking arrays are built to robust ASCE engineering standards. In the event of extreme weather and high winds, operational procedures will be implemented to stow the trackers in a direction to best withstand high winds.
[i] Solar Industry Research Data, Solar Energy Industries Association (https://www.seia.org/solar-industry-research-data)
Hecate Energy is working to ensure that development, construction, and operation of the Greene County Solar Facility benefits the community and the environment. We refine our project design based on community feedback. We encourage the public to provide feedback on how we may potentially improve our project concept by participating in one of the following ways: