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California solar power developer opens local office

The California company planning a 900-acre solar power project in Niagara County will open a local office next week.

Cypress Creek Renewables, the developer of the proposed Bear Ridge Solar project in Cambria and Pendleton, has hired former newspaper reporter Rikki Cason to oversee its community engagement.

The office at 6421 Campbell Blvd., Pendleton, will open Oct. 22 and will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to answer questions about the project.

The town governments and the Niagara County Legislature are officially opposed to the project, which is in the early stages of the state's review process. Cambria Opposition to Industrial Solar, a citizens group also fighting the proposal, claims more than 300 residents have joined its group.

The company says its 100-megawatt project will generate enough electricity to power 25,000 homes.

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