The Board of Directors of the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) presented final resolutions on solar projects that would generate a capital investment of $576.5 million at its board meeting on Thursday, December 1, 2022. The board also accepted an application for a $6.5 million solar community project at the City Pavilion.
Including the five projects under consideration Thursday, the GCEDC has advanced more than 850 megawatts of solar power generation from 21 projects with a total investment of $999 million. Led by the PILOT and host community agreements proposed by Hecate Energy Cider Solar LLC, these projects are estimated to generate $126.4 million in future revenue for Genesee County communities and schools.
Hecate Energy Cider Solar LLC will build a 500-megawatt utility-scale solar plant that would create approximately 500 full-time construction jobs with the capacity to provide 920,000 hours of renewable electricity annually and power up to 120,000 homes.
Agreements negotiated with Project Hecate Energy Cider Solar LLC will generate approximately $73.5 million through PILOT and host community agreements with the City of Elba, City of Oakfield, Elba Central School District and Oakfield-Alabama Central School District generate, including:
- $13.18 million to Genesee County
- 19.38 million dollars to the city of Elba
- $12.92 million to the City of Oakfield
- $16.85 million to the Elba Central School District
- $11.24 million to Oakfield-Alabama School District
The GCEDC Board of Directors accepted final decisions on three community solar projects totaling 10.5 megawatts of power, which include approximately $2 million in payments to the various host communities.
- A 5MW community solar project on West Main Road in Le Roy by AES Rt 5 Storage LLC. The $11.01 million project would generate $597,180 in payments to Genesee County, the City of Le Roy and Le Roy Central Schools.
- A 3 megawatt community solar project on Alexander Road in Batavia by RPNY Solar 6 LLC. The $5.97 million project would generate $447,748 in payments to Genesee County, the City of Batavia and Alexander Central Schools.
- A 2.5 megawatt community solar project on Alexander Road in Batavia RPNY Solar 7 LLC. The $3.55 million project would generate $373,124 in payments to Genesee County, the City of Batavia and Batavia City Schools.
Finally, the Board approved an initial resolution from NY CDG Genesee 4 LLC for a 4,275 MW solar farm in the City of Pavilion on Shepard Road. The $6.5 million project would generate approximately $500,000 in PILOT, host community and property tax payments to Genesee County, the City of Pavilion and Pavilion Central Schools. A public hearing on the project agreement will be held in the city of Pavilion.