The Town of Clarkstown’s consideration of installing a at the closed West Nyack landfill moved ahead Tuesday night with word that significant state funding was available for a limited time period. Councilman George Hoehmann said NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research & Development Authority) announced in mid April that $30 million was available statewide for large-scale solar projects. However, to be considered for a grant, Clarkstown must have a letter of intent with a qualified contractor by Thursday, May 24.
The initiative has a very short turnaround time and Hoehmann said the town needed to move quickly.
“They did this program opportunity announcement after we actually authorized the feasibility study,” said Hoehmann. “It had an incredibly short turnaround time. You have to identify through a non-binding Letter of Intent a firm that can actually apply for this NYSERDA funding on behalf of the municipality.”
The town board approved a resolution authorizing Supervisor Alex Gromack to sign a non-binding Letter of Intent with a contractor. Several solar contractors approached the town and proposals are expected by Friday. The board authorized Gromack and Hoehmann to select a firm by Monday, May 21.
Hoehmann said the state allocated $5 million of the funding to projects in O&R’s service area and he thinks Clarkstown could receive between $1 and $3 of that amount.
Hoehmann said the town must take advantage of the possible funding even though the feasibility study of the project will not be completed until the end of June. H2M Group of New City is compiling the analysis. The town previously authorized $38,600 for the study. According to Hoehmann, H2M has contracted with Randolph Horner, who managed the solar project for the Town of Esopus in Ulster County.
The intent of the solar field installation at the capped landfill is to reduce the town’s energy costs.