Largest wind farm in NYS approved

New York state’s largest wind farm has been approved for three counties, including Wyoming.

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment gave approval Wednesday to Alle-Catt Wind Energy to build 116 wind turbines on 30,000 acres in Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

The town of Arcade will see 13 turbines on property in southern Arcade along Route 39 south.

The Siting Board’s decision follows a detailed review and robust public participation process that began in December 2017.

“In keeping with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious goals for carbon reduction and for a clean-energy economy, we must develop the clean energy resources in New York State needed to help all New Yorkers,” said Siting Board Chair John B. Rhodes. “Our decision today to approve the largest wind farm to date will help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and demonstrates that renewable energy works in New York and helps move us toward a clean energy future.”

The 340-megawatt project will consist of up to 116 wind turbines, with associated underground collection system and substation and related infrastructure in Arcade, Centerville, with 36 turbines, Farmersville, with 21, Freedom with 22 and Rushford with 13.

The facility will be on about 30,000 acres of privately-leased land and allows landowners to continue with existing land uses.

The project is expected to create 182 temporary jobs and 13 permanent jobs once it is complete.

In the first year, the wind farm estimates $7 million in direct economic benefits to host communities for the PILOT, host community agreement payments, fire district taxes, and participating leaseholder payments. Once operational, Alle-Catt says it will pay more than $2.7 million annually to local landowners over the life of the project through annual lease payments.

Overall, Alle-Catt estimates that annual property tax and tax-related payments include PILOT and host community agreement payments, and up to $3.2 million in local property taxes over the life of the project.

In Arcade, board members approved a host agreement in January. The agreement calls for the town to receive about $500,000, including $400,000 for the host agreement and $100,000 in payment in lieu of taxes,funds that will be distributed to school districts and the county.

The next largest project approved to date by the Siting Board was the 290.7 MW Canisteo Wind project in Steuben County.

Alle-Cat is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 130,000 homes per year.

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