The solar project would be next to the FM high school – Eagle News Online

CITY OF MANLIUS – On June 14, the public will have the opportunity to comment on the largest solar proposal ever presented in the city of Manlius.

The project, presented by CVE North America, Inc., a New York-based solar energy company, would total 11.5 megawatts on more than 220 acres. The site is immediately west of Fayetteville-Manlius High School and has frontage on East Seneca Turnpike and Duguid Road.

Since New York State prohibits the construction of community solar projects of more than five megawatts, the developer wants to subdivide the property into four plots. Three would have separate solar projects and the fourth smaller plot has an existing cell tower adjacent to the high school.

The project will create enough energy to power around 2,000 homes in Manlius.

“We think it’s a great location,” said Carson Weinand of CVE. “It’s out of sight from all sides.”

The project would include more than 35,000 panels that would be installed on an axis to follow the sun from east to west throughout the day. The panels are black and have a matte finish to reduce glare.

CVE sent the plans to the FM school district for district comments on the project. The setback along the high school boundary is approximately 100 feet.

The board has yet to determine whether it will treat this proposal as a single project or as three separate projects. The city has a policy banning solar projects within a mile of each other, but the planning council has the discretion to overrule this policy if it determines there is no negative impact on the community.

The June 14 public hearing will take place at the planning board’s first face-to-face meeting in months. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and will still be webcast live for those who cannot attend.

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