County board considers case for solar power agreement

NORWICH – After hearing the case to lease county-owned land to the City of Norwich for a comprehensive solar power project, the Chenango County Board of Supervisors on Monday referred two drafted motions to the county’s Finance and Public Works committees for further consideration.

The two draft resolutions will allow the county to enter an intermunicipal agreement with the city that my result in the installation of several power generating solar panels on a county-owned parcel along State Route 12, adjacent to the county landfill in the Town of North Norwich.

One or both of those resolutions may make it back to the Board of Supervisors for adoption next month, depending upon recommendation from committee members.

At Monday’s monthly meeting of the Board of Supervisors, county officials were given details of the project which the city says would result in big savings for local taxpayers. The city’s been investigating a possible solar project since August, when city council members learned of federal funding and additional grant opportunities available through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Norwich has since partnered with SolarCity, a California-based energy service provider specializing in solar power technologies all across the country. SolarCity had representatives present at Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting to answer questions and push the case to install solar equipment on the company’s preferred North Norwich site.

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