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Solar project moves one step closer in Grand Island

The Grand Island Town Board on Monday set a public hearing for a special use permit that will make the town among the first to approve a free-standing solar array park in New York State. The hearing will be held June 5.

The proposal by Frank McCleneghen, president of Active Solar Development and Grand Island Solar LLC, would put thousands of arrays in an 18-acre site, divided into two sites at 2411 Bedell Road to the south and 126 Industrial Drive to the north. The panels would be visible from the I-190.

The project would cost more than $10 million and generate a total of four megawatts, two megawatts per site, providing power for roughly 400 homes and businesses.

Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray said the proposal by Active Solar is one of two major solar generation projects being proposed in the town.

Active Solar's project was unanimously approved by the Planning Board under the town's new solar law.


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