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Town: Public Hearing Set Regarding Port Washington Solar Panel Plan

Special meeting planned for Jan. 14 in Manhasset.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
The Town of North Hempstead will discuss at a special meeting next week a proposal to place solar panels on two landfills located off West Shore Road in Port Washington.

Residents are encouraged to participate in a public hearing scheduled for Jan. 14 at Town Hall. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

According to town officials, benefits of the project include renewable energy promotion and the alleged reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The anticipated amount of greenhouse gas emissions needed to construct and maintain the project remains unclear.

Revenue from the solar project would be provided in the form of site lease payments for a 20-year period, according to the town.

With the Jan. 31 PSEG Long Island’s solar energy program application deadline approaching, residents will be granted the opportunity to comment and ask questions prior to a town board vote on the proposal. 

An information session was held Jan. 8 at Harbor Links Golf Course by Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio and Supervisor Judi Bosworth.
R Miller January 11, 2014 at 09:46 AM
I think it is a good idea and some out of the box thinking. Put what is unusable land and make it productive. It is a landfill so there is nothing pristine about that. This is a green energy and that will only help long island. As for waterfront view this has been an industrial area longer than any of us have been alive. This was a working sand pit for over a hundred years. There has to be compromises made for progress otherwise we can all continue to complain about how expensive it is to be on Long Island.
Donald Hecht January 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM
The undeveloped area in question is not and has never been a "landfill." Progress is not developing every last piece of vacant land. I, for one, will gladly surrender my right to complain about the cost of living if a reduction (doubtful) is lost because this land is not developed.
Arguendo January 12, 2014 at 10:29 AM
The area in question was a landfilll and an EPA SuperFund site. http://www.epa.gov/region02/superfund/npl/0202155c.pdf
Tony Patrick January 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM
great idea. but i hate to loose potential future green space. why not just put more on the flat roofs of buildings along main street? and just offer breaks on the electric bills of those renters in the building. or offer tax breaks to residents in suburban areas to install them. roofs are the biggest waste of space and absorb lots of sunlight. problem is some comunities do not permit them
Roland A. Ericsson January 14, 2014 at 07:14 AM
Our work towards energy independence will require many small steps such as this. The installation of a renewable energy source which does not generate any noise or air pollution should not be that controversial. I hope that the TONH does the right thing and makes a decision based on sound technical grounds and the need for us to move away from carbon based energy production.

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