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A West Side community organization known for its advocacy on behalf of low-income and minority residents of Buffalo has completed a $14.8 million redevelopment of a former city school into a new community hub, anchored by affordable senior apartments and powered by the sun. PUSH Buffalo – whose acronym stands for People United for Sustainable Housing – unveiled the reno…

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Solar by CIR will be available to meet with Grand Island residents interested in pursuing solar power through the Solarize Grand Island program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Town Hall Courtroom, 2255 Baseline Road. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Clean Energy program offers incentives to pursue renewable energy. Residents and business…

Erie County

The U.S. Department of Energy recognized the Town of Tonawanda as a SolSmart Silver designee for its Solarize Tonawanda Initiative and solar permit process. Councilman William Conrad, who led the Solarize Tonawanda campaign, said the national SolSmart program recognizes leading solar communities that have made the solar permit process faster, cheaper and easier. To achi…

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The outlook for Grand Island's effort to become a destination for solar generating parks is looking positively sunny. Four projects that stand to take advantage of the island's abundance of open land and access to the Thruway and could bring electricity to hundreds of residents are under consideration. Officials said the projects are a result of a solar energy law th…

Erie County

The Tonawanda Town Board voted to purchase its first electric car for use by its building and electrical inspector and also will install a dedicated charging station for the vehicle. The 2018 Chevy Volt will be purchased for $29,987. It will replace a vehicle more than 11 years old, said Councilman William Conrad. The purchase, along with a Solarize Tonawanda campaig…

Town of Tonawanda

The Tonawanda Town Board named Solar Liberty Energy and Solar by CIR as solar installers for its Solarize Tonawanda Campaign, which is designed to spur greater use of solar power with installation at discounted rates. The Town of Tonawanda will also offer support to assure the selected companies are providing the best prices. City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis has sa…

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The Grand Island Town Board approved on Monday a developer's plan to build a $7 million community solar generation plant on the island. Community solar, which generates electricity to share with the community, is relatively new with only three operations in New York State, and Grand Island's plant would be the largest, said Mike Francis of Blue Rock Energy, which will m…

Erie County

The Grand Island Town Board put some shade on a proposed $10 million solar power generating facility at Bedell Road and Industrial Drive, tabling the item after one resident expressed his concerns at a public hearing Monday night. Ron Rezebak, a town Conservation Advisory Board member, called the clearing of the land for the 18-acre solar project an "environmental abort…

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Town of Tonawanda residents could get a discount on home solar energy panel installations if the town pursues a solar energy grant. Councilman William C. Conrad III recently told the Town Board that he and a committee have been working to get the town designated as a Clean Energy Community in order to compete for a $250,000 New York State Energy and Research Development…

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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, d…

The Town of Grand Island is expected to put its new solar law into action tonight with a development request for a solar farm on the the agenda. The Town Board meets at 8 p.m. Developer Frank McCleneghen wants to split the 18-acre site into two separate parcels at 2411 Bedell Road to the south, and Industrial Drive to the north. There will be a gravel driveway going thr…

SolarPark Energy wants to build a $7.5 million 18-acre solar farm on Grand Island with an option to expand to another 40 acres on undeveloped industrial property on Lang Boulevard, off of Grand Island Boulevard, according to town officials. Deputy Supervisor James R. Sharpe told The Buffalo News that the company's proposal is to build two 9-acre farms - each with two me…