State decision on Sharon solar Thursday?


The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment—the Siting Board—is expected to approve East Point Energy’s NextEra 50-megawatt facility in the Town of Sharon at a tele-meeting this Thursday.
If that happens, it would be the first solar project approved under the Article 10, which removes large-scale solar from local review and instead puts it in the hands of the state.
There will be no opportunity for public comment Thursday.
The NextEra project first came to light three years ago; the last round of public meetings were moved to virtual in October because of COVID and drew only a handful of speakers—either for or against it.
It would be located off Route 20 and along the Gilbert’s Corners end of Empie Road.
Thursday’s hearing will take place at 2:30pm and can be accessed at
The Siting Board will share an agenda prior to the meeting.