SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- A public hearing addressed concerns over proposed project by Skidmore College.
The college wants to build a large solar power array with nearly 7,000 panels on land it owns in Greenfield. However, some residents said they are concerned about how the project would change the area. It is currently zoned as agricultural. Neighbors are also questioning the environmental benefits of solar power.
According to the college, two million kilowatt hours of power would be generated every year with no adverse effects. That would make up about 12 percent of the college's power use.
"The solar generated power would result in a reduction of almost 1,900 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year, the equivalent of removing 393 cars from the road," said Michael Hall, a Skidmore College representative.
Thomas Mina, a local resident, added, "If anybody in this room or anybody in Albany or anybody in America can think a solar farm is agricultural, they really need to take some Prozac."
Skidmore has a $2.35 million grant from the state to help pay for the project.