As much as we love solar, the Eden Renewable Solar Project in Colonie is NOT okay.
The next opportunity to be heard will be Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 6 PM during a public hearing at Colonie Town Hall.
Rather then building solar in known Karner Blue Habitat, we think solar should be built in the State Office Campus, near where there is a high demand for electricity, and acres of parking and rooftop that could have solar panels on them, providing carbon-free electricity for state agencies and surrounding neighborhood rather then in a remote part of Albany Pine Bush.
Curry Road 1: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h9rnrk8nhghryl5/AACTWexdil20cYHhjea77jHTa/Curry%20Rd%202772?dl=0
Curry Road 2: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h9rnrk8nhghryl5/AAAxvTdmnz1BG1Jj8Y5NXQlwa/Curry%20Rd%202792?dl=0
Read the State’s Albany Pine Bush Commission’s Concerns: https://savethepinebush.org/albany-pine-bush-commission-re-2772-2792-curry-rd-eden-renewables-proposed-solar-farm/
Déjà Vu, this parcel 25 years ago – Developer Bulldozes Lupine – Bad Behavior in Colonie https://savethepinebush.org/kb-kb_bull/ by Lynne Jackson, June/July 1995
Dear Save the Pine Bush Friend,
Please see attached February/March Save the Pine Bush newsletter. Save the Pine Bush will have a virtual zoom meeting on Wednesday, February 23 at 6:30 PM.
ACTION ALERT: A solar farm is proposed for 2772 and 2792 Curry Road in Colonie, 75 acres in the Pine Bush. The first meeting on this proposal is Tuesday, February 15 at 6:00 PM at the Town of Colonie Memorial Town Hall, 534 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110.
While Save the Pine Bush supports increased renewable energy production, locating a solar facility on Curry Road is inappropriate. These lands have been designated by the Albany Pine Bush Commission as needing full protection due to currently supporting a Karner blue butterfly population. Since 2010, over 250 acres have been lost in Pine Bush due to development; we can’t afford to lose additional acres.
Please attend this in-person meeting or write to the Town of Colonie Planning Board (534 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110).
Please contact me if you have any questions. Of course we want solar energy! But, we need to put solar farms on roofs and in parking lots – not in the Pine Bush.
Note this is a separate proposal to the Curry Road Solar Guilderland (Borrego Solar), located across the street which would build on 48 acres of Full Protection Lands. Together, the proposals would equal 133 acres, which is an area 33% percent larger then Crossgates Mall.