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Siting Board Approves Greene County Solar Farm

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The second of two proposed Greene County solar farms has been approved by New York state authorities.

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment granted approval Tuesday to Hecate Energy to build and operate a 50 megawatt solar farm in the Greene County Town of Coxsackie. Officials say the 800-acre farm will help New York meet climate goals.

According to the developer, the project could create nearly 200 jobs, along with additional opportunities for local construction and construction supply vendors.

The Siting Board approved the 100 MW Flint Mine solar farm in the Towns of Coxsackie and Athens in August.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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