CONSTABLE SOLAR PROJECT MOVING FORWARD

The Constable Town Board has approved a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with a developer who is reportedly planning to build an $11 million solar project on private property off Route 122. OYA Solar is based in Toronto. The company plans to purchase 144 acres, but says it would set up its operations on only a small part of it, because most of the property is designated as wetlands. While no exact dollar amount was set last week for the PILOT, company officials agreed that it would be higher than the taxes that the town is currently getting for the property… which right now add up to about $4,500 annually. In fact, the amount mentioned was about double that, and the proposed PILOT agreement would lock in the amount the company pays for the next 15 years. After that time, the agreement would be renegotiated. The solar generating facility would have a working life of about 25 years. A public hearing will be scheduled, to give a chance for residents to come out and voice their support or opposition to the project.