Harvesting the Sun to Power an Economic Boon to the Town of Ripley and Chautauqua County
ConnectGen is developing a large-scale solar and storage project in South Ripley along NE Sherman Road. ConnectGen expects to install up to 270 megawatts (MW) of solar with a 20 MW battery storage component in the area, which has the potential to power over 60,000 homes in New York State annually. The South Ripley Solar Project filed its Preliminary Scoping Statement in May 2020 and is working towards filing its New York State siting application. The target commercial operation date is Q4 2023.
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The South Ripley Solar Project will Provide Long-Term Benefits to the Town of Ripley and Chautauqua County
Providing additional tax revenues of more than $490,000 annually to the Town of Ripley, totaling more than $17 million over its operational life. The increased annual revenue would comprise over 50% of the Town’s total annual property tax levy, allowing for reduced taxes for all residents of Ripley or increased spending on public services and other critically important infrastructure.
Providing additional tax revenues of more than $200,000 annually to the local school districts, which could total more than $7 million over the life of the project for the Sherman and Ripley School Districts.
Providing additional revenues to the Ripley Hose Company Station 1, Ripley, and Ripley Hose Company Station 2, South Ripley, averaging more than $50,000 per year and totaling more than $1.6 million in payments over the project’s life.
Creating up to 220 family-wage construction jobs directly and supporting other jobs by increasing business activity among local hotels and motels, grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, equipment rentals, materials suppliers, and similar businesses.
Paying more than $30 million to local landowners over the life of the project through annual lease payments, easement agreements, and good neighbor agreements, resulting in a consistent stream of revenue that can protect against fluctuating commodity prices and help maintain family farms.
Being an active participant in the local community by developing meaningful relationships that translate into long-term partnerships with local organizations, schools, and community members.
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Why South Ripley?
ConnectGen has identified the South Ripley community for solar development because of its proximity to the existing transmission system, a compatible solar resource, and favorable site suitability with limited design constraints. Additionally, the project will use the existing transmission system in Chautauqua County and will not require the construction of a new high voltage transmission line.
South Ripley Project Area
ConnectGen expects to use 1,250 to 1,500 acres to host project infrastructure, and the project will be located wholly within the town boundaries of Ripley.
ConnectGen is Committed to Siting the South Ripley Solar Project Responsibly and Safely
Below are the ways in which we will minimize potential environmental impacts of the project.
Develop a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan that outlines plans for sediment and erosion controls to manage any stormwater discharged from the project site
Work with state and federal agencies and stakeholders to ensure that potential environmental impacts are fully considered, minimized, and mitigated
Conduct a noise impact assessment to develop mitigation recommendations to ensure that the project meets applicable sound limits
Conduct a visual impact analysis to assure that potential visual impacts from the project are minimized through a variety of screening practices
Implement financial securities that will guarantee responsible decommissioning and restoration at the end of the project’s life
Locally generated clean energy that strengthens the grid through resource diversity
ConnectGen is a renewable energy company focused on developing best-in-class wind, solar, and energy storage projects that will increase America’s supply of low-cost, domestically produced clean energy.
With a 50% ownership of 278 MW of operating projects and a project portfolio of over 3,500 MW under development across the United States, ConnectGen’s experienced team has a track record of successfully identifying, developing and building renewable energy projects. Our project successes have been built on a foundation of rigorous screening and site selection, collaborative engagement with landowners and host communities, and disciplined execution through development, construction and operations. Rather than having dozens of projects under development across the country, we selectively pursue projects that play to our strengths, allowing our team to bring a high degree of focus to each one.