Orleans Solar

Orleans Solar

Orleans County, NY

    • 200 MW-AC
    • will generate ~400,000 MWh per year
    • will power over 36,000 average homes per year
    • will offset over 282,000 tons of CO2 per year
    • will offset over 311 million pounds of coal burned per year

    Orleans Solar LLC (“Orleans Solar”) is seeking authority from the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (the “Siting Board”) to construct a 200 megawatt (“MW”) solar photovoltaic electric generating facility (the “Project”) in the Towns of Barre and Shelby, Orleans County, New York, pursuant to Article 10 of the New York State Public Service Law (“PSL”). On or about May 2020, Orleans Solar will file a Preliminary Scoping Statement (“PSS”) that summarizes the proposed scope of studies Orleans Solar will undertake – the results of which will form the basis of its Application to the Siting Board.

    Within 21 days after the PSS is filed, any person, agency, or municipality may submit comments on the PSS by serving such comments on the Applicant and filing a copy with the Secretary to the Siting Board. Comments must reference Case Number XX-X-XXXX and may be submitted in writing to Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary to the Siting Board, New York State Public Service Commission, Agency Building 3, Albany, NY 12223-1350 or electronically to secretary@dps.ny.gov. Any interested person may also file a written request with the Secretary to receive copies of all notices concerning the Project. Additional information can be found on the Siting Board’s website located at www.dps.ny.gov/SitingBoard. Documents filed in this proceeding may also be viewed online at the Public Service Commission’s (“PSC”) website located at www.dps.ny.gov by clicking “Search” on the homepage and then entering Case Number XX-X-XXXX in the field “Search by Case Number.” Interested parties may also subscribe to the service list or request party status by accessing this proceeding through the PSC’s website.


    In January 2020, Orleans Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Community Energy Solar LLC, filed a Public Involvement Program Plan (“PIP”) with the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (the “Siting Board”). The PIP, filed pursuant to Article 10 of the New York State Public Service Law and associated regulations (16 NYCRR Part 1000), is the first step in the process to obtain the requisite approvals from the Siting Board to construct the Project. In the PIP, Orleans Solar committed to, among other outreach activities, holding four open-house style meetings, the first two of which are estimated to be held in April 2020, exact date, time and location TBD. The purpose of the meeting is to educate interested parties, receive public comment and answer questions about the Project.

    Local Document Repositories:

    Town of Barre Town Hall
    14317 W Barre Road
    Albion, New York 14411

    Town of Shelby Town Hall
    4062 Salt Works Road
    Medina, New York 14103


  • Orleans Solar is a proposed 200 MW-AC solar project located in the Towns of Barre and Shelby in Orleans County, NY. Consistent with the NY Public Service Commission’s proceeding implementing a Clean Energy Standard, which supports the development of clean energy and renewable resources in New York State, the project will safely generate enough clean, renewable electricity to power over 36,000 households and offset 282,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year.

    Orleans Solar will be sited on ~1,800 acres of non-contiguous parcels, interspersed with ongoing agricultural activity. Land leases with private landowners will provide a consistent revenue stream for local farmers and residents for the life of the project, in excess of typical farm income.  The project will use the same type of photovoltaic panels installed on over one million homes in the United States. Solar equipment is a proven and safe technology in applications from fields to rooftops of homes, schools, and businesses.

    The project will provide a significant economic stimulus to the area during construction by providing jobs and local contracts for goods and services, and significant long-term economic benefits through lease revenue to local landowners and tax revenue to the community.

    Responsibly sited solar facilities can provide a net benefit to the preservation of agricultural land.  The facility is not a permanent structure and funding is provided to decommission the project at the end of its useful life.  The project essentially provides a form of preservation for agricultural land by maintaining permeable land surface and improving soil quality over the project life. After decommissioning, the project leaves no trace so land can be returned to agricultural use. Setbacks, fencing, and landscape buffering enable solar projects to blend comfortably into the community.

    Community Energy has developed over 1,700 MW of wind and solar facilities over 20 years. We value our relationships with local stakeholders and we work closely with local communities to ensure our projects will be good neighbors for many years.

    Orleans Solar FAQ
    Solar Farm Images


    Article 10

    The Power NY Act of 2011 established a process for the siting of electric generating facilities. As part of the process, a multi-agency Siting Board is charged with streamlining the permitting process for power plants of 25 MW or greater. The Power NY Act also encourages investments in clean power plants and affords communities more opportunities to participate in the siting process.

    Article 10 requires careful consideration of compliance with local laws and ordinances; analysis of potential environmental, socioeconomic, and public health impacts; and studies regarding environmental justice and public safety.  Article 10 also establishes key mechanisms to encourage local outreach and support public involvement in the Siting Board proceedings.

    The Siting Board’s rules require that applicants proposing to submit an application under Article 10 initiate the regulatory review process by first filing a Public Involvement Program Plan (“PIP”) with the New York State Department of Public Service (“DPS”).  Under the Siting Board’s rules, the PIP must be submitted to the DPS for review at least 150 days prior to filing a Preliminary Scoping Statement (“PSS”).

    The purpose of the PIP is to introduce the project to the local community and other interested parties, explain the public outreach and involvement efforts that Orleans Solar will pursue throughout the development of the project, and explain how these efforts comply with and satisfy New York State’s legal and regulatory requirements.  The development efforts and the proposed PIP for Orleans Solar focus first and foremost on early and frequent communication with host communities, including the Town of Barre, the Town of Shelby, and Orleans County.

    A draft PIP was filed with the DPS on January 24, 2020, initiating a 30-day DPS review and comment period.  The DPS provided comments to the PIP on <<Month xx, 20xx>>. Orleans Solar will file the final PIP plan on or before <<Month xx, 20xx>>.  This webpage will be updated with new information as the project moves through the development and certification process.

    Article 10 Siting Board Website
    Orleans Solar – DPS Case XX-X-XXXX
    Orleans Solar – Article 10 Process Update
    DPS Guide to Intervenor Funding


    About Community Energy 

    Orleans Solar is a wholly owned subsidiary of Community Energy. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, with offices in Colorado and North Carolina. Community Energy is a leading US developer of renewable energy projects, including solar and wind generating facilities. Community Energy was founded in 1999 and has since developed 1,700 MW of utility-scale wind and solar across the country.

    With Orleans Solar, Community Energy would build on its track record of launching utility-scale solar in states across the country including:

    Contact for More Information or to Request Stakeholder Status
    Joe Green, Project Developer
    610-662-4121 / joe.green@communityenergyinc.com

    Toll Free Number: 866-946-3123