ARCADE — State officials have reaffirmed the planned Alle-Catt Wind Farm that would include 116 wind turbines over a three-county area.
The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment denied petitions for a rehearing after determining the wind farm met or exceeded all siting requirements, state officials said in a news release.
The Alle-Catt Wind Farm will be the state’s largest when constructed. Most of its wind turbines will be located in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties, but 13 will be located in thetown of Arcade.
The project is rated at 340 megawatts. It will be located on about 30,000 acres of leased private lands.
It’s expected the $454 million project will generate about 182 jobs during construction, with 13 permanent jobs slated to operate the facility.
It’s estimated the wind farm will generate $7 million in direct economic benefits to host communities through payments-in-lieu-of-taxes, host community agreement payments, fire district taxes, and participating leaseholder payments, state officials said. Once operational, the operation will pay more than $2.7 million annually to area landowners over the life of the project through annual lease payments.
Petitions for rehearing on the project were submitted by town of Farmersville in Cattaraugus County and the Coalition of Concerned Citizens, state officials said. The town’s petition argued that the state Siting Board failed to apply two substantive local laws that would have restricted development of the wind farm.
The citizens’ group argued that the Siting Board failed to address the impact on the local Amish community, in addition to failing to consider other adverse impacts.
After careful consideration of the rehearing petitions, the Siting Board reaffirmed the initial decision, state officials said.
The Alle-Catt wind farm is being developed by the Chicago-based Invenergy. Plans had called for it to begin initial operations his year, according to the company’s website.
Invenergy had previously constructed the High Sheldon and Orangeville wind farms in Wyoming County. They began commercial operations in 2009 and 2014, producing up to 112.5 and 94 megawatts respectively.
Inveneregy has also proposed the Horseshoe Solar project, which would be located in Caledonia. It would include 600,000 solar panels and would produce enough electricity to power up to 50,000 households annually.