- Audeen Moore
Maybrook’s first proposed solar farm development is changing. The proposal originally called for construction of 22 single-family homes on one side of the parcel, a part of the original Goldman Farm, and two solar fields on the other side that would generate a total of ten megawatts of electricity that would link into the Central Hudson Gas & Electric substation on Maybrook Road. This Carson Power solar farm would originally have been on a 78-parcel on the west side of Maybrook, near Cardinal Health and Taylor Recycling.
Because of rising costs, the developer (represented by R.J. Smith) has now proposed to keep the solar farm but scrap the residential development and, instead, deed that land — about 52 acres — to the village.
There are many pieces and required reviews before final approval can be given the project, including annexation of 24.5 acres in the Town of Montgomery into the village. The Maybrook village board will meet in a work session 6 p.m., Monday, January 23, to hear details of the development changes from the developer.
In the meantime, Maybrook has drawn up a draft local law addressing all kinds of solar installations. A public hearing on that draft law will be set after county review of the draft and completion of the required New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) process.