New York Office of Renewable Energy Permitting proposes new rules to streamline large-scale solar permitting

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New York State’s new Office of Renewable Energy Permitting proposed draft rules for permitting new wind and solar energy projects. This action was required by the recently enacted Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefits Act. The draft rules are part of an improved process for issuing permits for wind and solar facilities over 25 megawatts and include standard operating conditions that all projects will have to meet. There will be six public hearings on the proposal in November.Anne Reynolds, executive director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York stated, “The renewable energy industry applauds New York’s release of a proposed new process for permitting wind and solar projects more efficiently. By establishing the rules and operating conditions in advance, facilities can be designed to meet these standards from the beginning. Our industry wants to be part of New York’s economic recovery through investment and job creation. We know that in New York there will continue to be strict natural resource protections and welcome the certainty of knowing these specific requirements up front.”
“With the nation facing the worst economy since the Great Depression, making sure we can build wind and solar in New York is …

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