New York Governor Announces Approval of Brookside Solar’s 100 MW Solar Energy Facility in Franklin County

Dec. 12, 2023
The project is expected to create more than 130 jobs and power over 16,5000 New York homes while reducing carbon emissions by over 131,000 metric tons

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting has issued a final siting permit for Brookside Solar to develop, design, construct, operate, maintain, and decommission a 100 MW solar energy facility in the Towns of Burke and Chateaugay in Franklin County. 

“New York is taking yet another step forward in building a clean economy,” Governor Hochul said. “By issuing this final siting permit, we're creating jobs, providing New York families and businesses with clean and sustainable energy, and building a better future for generations of New Yorkers to come."

Upon completion, the solar facility is not only expected to generate enough clean energy to power over 16,500 New York homes and reduce carbon emissions by over 131,000 metric tons, equivalent to removing nearly 29,000 cars from the roads, but also create more than 130 full-time equivalent jobs during construction and operation.

Brookside Solar is anticipated to provide over $12.7 million in the first 20 years to the counties, towns, and school districts in the form of payment-in-lieu of taxes and host community agreements to invest in infrastructure, additional services, and resources for residents in the communities hosting the facility.

The announcement marks the 15th renewable energy facility permit issued by the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) since 2021. The 15 total permits represent over 2.3 GW of new clean energy permitted. 

ORES ensured that the proposed project meets or exceeds the requirements of Executive Law § 94-c and its implementing regulations.

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