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Shoreham Sod Farms Could Be Used as Solar Farms

A proposal has sod farms and open land in the Shoreham area becoming solar farms.

A solar energy company based out of Pennsylvania has proposed turning sod farms and open land in the Shoreham area into solar farms.

John F. Curtis, CEO of Green Energy Capital Partners, gave a presentation to the Shoreham Civic on Feb. 15 discussing the possibilities of utilizing the open land to develop these solar energy farms.

According to a report in the Village Beacon Record, Curtis said they hope to develop several solar farms in the area and connect them to LIPA grids close by.

The solar panels on the farm would take in sunlight, convert it to electricity and distribute it locally through the Shoreham area. According to the report, Curtis said the company has been in talks with the owners of the DeLalio Sod Farm in Shoreham about the solar farms.

The presentation and entire civic meeting can be viewed on Civicmeetings.com.

Our Community February 27, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Another point to consider is the need for energy on this Island. The power plants that exist now such as Northport and Port Jeff are coming to the end of their life cycle. We need to start thinking where our energy will come from. This would be one way and one that is not detrimental to the community and environment. In closing, no one ever said the solar farm would be an economic boom to the community. It will help hold off future electricity increases and future tax increases. I have lived here all my life. I cherish the community feeling and the quality of life. I have seen may move to this area for just that reason. If you are looking for an area that has lower taxes, then that is not on Long Island. What the solar farm provides is: Energy for about 3000 plus homes The land utilized in such a way that it can be returned as it is now, at any point Improving the quality of life for our children and their children Local air quality, traffic and school crowding will not be impacted by the solar farm. If we can design the area in such a way, it could be possible to provide electricity for the local schools. The elctricity cost in the schools is the next largest cost after personel cost. To answer the one question, why the individual from PA to put this farm up? It does not have to be them. The person from PA would hire all local to build and run the project. What he does is go out and find financial backers to create the farm. So this would be a local effort.
Our Community February 27, 2012 at 09:54 PM
I would like to just review some generalities and then get to what we as a community must decide. First, in December of 2011 the world was producing 67,400 MWatts from PV solar. That is up from 7,600MW in 2007. That much power equates to 134 Nuclear Power plants. That is a great deal of energy with no toxic waste or pollutants put into the air. Most importantly after 25 years Nuclear Power plant sites are contaminated where solar farms can be turned right back into the land it was, with no contamination from the solar farm.
BillLongisland February 27, 2012 at 10:57 PM
The man from Green Energy Capital said... "Although the county would benefit *finanancially, Curtis said residents wouldn’t see a positive change in their bill and could see a slight initial increase, though the farms would increase the assessed property value of the area. Over a longer period of time,residents could see minor decreases in their electric bills." http://www.northshoreoflongisland.com/pdf/vb_022312w.pdf What more do you need to figure out, it's Not Viable or Supportable a concept ? The ramifications for Tax Payers are clear.
K. February 28, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Solar? But I need my lights at night.
BillLongisland February 28, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Hey, don't you "get it" ? The man from Green Energy Capital said... "Although the county would benefit *finanancially, Curtis said residents wouldn’t see a positive change in their bill and could see a slight initial increase, though the farms would increase the assessed property value of the area. Over a longer period of time,residents could see minor decreases in their electric bills." http://www.northshoreoflongisland.com/pdf/vb_022312w.pdf Guess you are Not a property owner in Shoreham, who pays property taxes every year ? Shoreham Property Tax Info Zip Codes in Shoreham: 1 RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TAX PROFILE http://www.valueappeal.com/properties/city/suffolk-county/shoreham-ny Avg. Assessment Avg. Sale Price $617,907 $429,424 $749/sqft. n/a Highest Assessment $879,870 Lowest Assessment $227,273 Avg. Home Size: 825 sqft. Largest Home 825 sqft. Smallest Home 825 sqft. http://www.valueappeal.com/properties/city/suffolk-county/shoreham-ny

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