A Local Project. A Local Team. Major Benefits for Our Community
Appropriate Land Use: The 100-acre vacant property would be greatly improved by a solar farm. This parcel of land is zoned L1 industrial leaving the possibility of industrial development on this land which could result in increased noise, traffic and pollution. The solar arrays will be obscured from view by establishing surrounding buffer and screening areas leaving a minimal visible footprint for the surrounding community.
Clean Air and Public Health: The sun is the world’s most abundant and cleanest source of energy, yet our electricity and transportation systems are almost completely reliant on fossil fuels which produce particulate matter and other pollutants linked to heart disease, asthma, cancer and other diseases. The more we rely on power that is produced by renewable sources like solar, the less we need to rely on traditional power plants that burn fossil fuels.
Climate Change: Solar energy and other alternative renewable energy sources will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that have been linked to climate change. The devastation on Long Island caused by Hurricane Sandy has been widely attributed to climate change and our efforts to ensure resiliency in the face of future events like Sandy will be greatly helped by reducing greenhouse gas emissions right here at home.
Land Stewardship: The proposed project has been designed to minimize or preclude potential environmental impacts through measures such as the retention of substantial natural buffers; the planting of native plants and grasses across a significant portion of the property and under the arrays; and the implementation of erosion and sediment control during construction. This parcel of land is not part of a natural preserve nor does it include sensitive environmental features. MISF is in the process of voluntarily undergoing a complete Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) under the NY State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).
An Economic Driver: As of the 2013 Solar Job Census there are nearly 143,000 solar workers in the U.S. which is an almost 20% increase since 2012. Since 2011, the value of solar electric installations has gone up from $8.6 billion to over $13.7 billion. Solar is increasingly affordable. Since 2010, the average price of a PV panel has dropped 64%.