LIMA — On Tuesday night the Town of Lima voted unanimously to extend the existing moratorium on large scale solar installations for 1-year. The moratorium, which was originally passed in 2016, has had one previous extension.
The moratorium is for larges scale solar installations as defined in the law as ‘any installation of solar panels or equipment undertaken principally for commercial purposes with an intention of generating power for resale into the grid by a third party.’
“The new law that was under discussion in 2017 will be adjusted based on the new, more comprehensive NYS guidance,” stated Mike Falls, Lima Town Supervisor. “Then everyone will get a chance to review and comment prior to anything being changed. The year extension gives Lima the breathing room to consider all the options and make the best choice for Lima. I do not envision the moratorium being extended again – a year is sufficient to get this done.”
The moratorium states that anyone seeking to utilize solar to offset their own personal power costs are not impacted by the moratorium.
In the neighboring Town of Avon the School is offsetting energy costs with a large solar field that has the potential to pump energy into the grid.
According to Town of Lima Attorney, Jim Campbell, whom represents multiple other municipalities that have enacted a solar moratorium, the County Planning board has suggested that land owners meet with attorney’s whom are well versed in the area of solar energy prior to signing any long-term leases.
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