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Tax break discussed for proposed Verona solar project

Charles Pritchard
Staff writer
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Posted 4/23/22

VERONA — A public hearing was held Thursday surrounding a proposal to provide financial assistance to Pivot Solar NY for the construction of an approximately 11-acre, 2.375-megawatt AC community …

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Tax break discussed for proposed Verona solar project

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VERONA — A public hearing was held Thursday surrounding a proposal to provide financial assistance to Pivot Solar NY for the construction of an approximately 11-acre, 2.375-megawatt AC community solar project located at 5718 Tilden Hill Road.

The financial assistance would be in the form of a reduction of real property taxes for a period of 25 years, during which Pivot would make PILOT payments equal to $10,000 per MW-AC with an annual increase of 2% every 2 years over the course of 25 years.

Mark Kaucher, vice president of economic development at Mohawk Valley EDGE, represented the Oneida County Industrial Development Agency and looked to hear from residents about this proposed financial assistance. In attendance alongside a dozen other people was Oneida County Legislator Cynthia Rogers-Witt, R-4. Rogers-Witt asked just how this solar project would affect the town, to which Kaucher said the town of Verona would receive a portion of the PILOT payment.

“It would be split up between the town of Verona, Oneida County, and the school district,” Kaucher said. Kaucher clarified that while he could answer questions about the incentive package to the developer that he couldn’t answer questions about the solar project in question.

Without further questions from the audience, the public hearing was closed.

After the hearing, Rogers-Witt said she has no problem with solar projects like this as long as they are done right. “Done in a way that they’re not an eyesore and no loss, but a benefit to the town,” she said. “As long as my constituents are happy, I’m happy.”

In particular, Rogers-Witt is interested in the ensuring a decommissioning plan is in place and would not be left to the taxpayers.

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