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Scenic Hudson Statement on NYS Siting Board Approval of Flint Mine Solar Project

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Facility will support NY’s transition to clean energy, protect wildlife habitat

For Immediate Release


Hayley Carlock, Director of Environmental Advocacy and Legal Affairs: 845 891 3148;

COXSACKIE & ATHENS (Greene County) — Today, New York State’s Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment approved the application of Flint Mine Solar LLC to construct a 100MW-AC solar facility in the towns of Coxsackie and Athens. The facility will provide approximately 175,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy, equivalent to the average annual electricity needs of 21,000 homes. At the same time, the developers will take steps to protect habitat for threatened grassland bird species and minimize the project’s visual impacts.

Scenic Hudson Director of Environmental Advocacy and Legal Affairs Hayley Carlock said, “Flint Mine Solar will help achieve the goals of New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and confront the existential crisis of climate change while meeting future electricity needs. It also will protect important grassland habitats on the property while being minimally visible from nearby roads and public viewpoints. Scenic Hudson worked with developers and the community to ensure these positive results, the aim of our How to Solar Now guide for providing clean-energy climate solutions that preserve the valley’s natural and scenic assets.”