“October 28, 2020 Mayville, NY — Ripley firefighters and residents filled the legislature’s overflow room for a chance to speak, to tell Chautauqua County legislators what they thought of the 4000-acre solar and lithium battery storage facility that’s coming at them with the full force of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Green New Deal”. Legislators listened to residents explain the dangers involved in the proposed huge battery system; that such systems are an economic and energy net loss and are an ecological and aesthetic blight. The facility stretches from Westfield, across South Ripley to the Pennsylvania border and will clear cut 1994 acres of hard wood forest.
Ripley residents appealed to the Chautauqua County legislators to draft a resolution requesting that the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) not allow a Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT) agreement for the Texas-owned corporation. They argued that the project would provide almost no full time jobs; even the construction phase will utilize skilled out-of-state workers.”
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Chautauqua Updates. Youtube 28 October 2020.