Case 17-F-0182 Mohawk Solar, LLC Proposed Electric Generation Facility

On June 5, 2019 Mohawk Solar LLC (Mohawk Solar) filed an application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need seeking approval under Article 10 of the Public Service Law (PSL) to construct and operate a 90.5-megawatt (MW) solar electric generation facility. The Project is proposed to be located in the Towns of Canajoharie and Minden, Montgomery County, New York.

Informational Forum and Public Statement Hearing

On November 21,2019, the Chair of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board) determined that the Application complies with the Siting Board’s filing requirements. The date of January 15, 2020, has been set for a public statement hearing. Interested members of the public are invited to attend the public statement hearing and provide comments on the Mohawk Solar Application.

Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) from the New York State Departments of Public Service and Environmental Conservation have been designed as Examiners in this proceeding and will preside at the public statement hearing. Comments made at the hearing will be transcribed and become part of the formal record to be considered by the Siting Board. It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance or to present written materials in order to speak at the public statement hearing.*

The hearing will be preceded by an informational forum. At the forum, the ALJs will provide a brief overview of the Public Service Law Article 10 siting review process, and the Applicant will describe the Project. Members of the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and view maps of the proposed Project area at that time.

Please join us for the public statement hearing at the following time and location:

Description of the Project
As proposed, the Project will include the installation and operation of up to 529 acres of solar photovoltaic electric generating panels, underground collection lines, a collection substation, access roads, a point of interconnection substation and an operations and maintenance building, all of which will be located in the Towns of Canajoharie and Minden, Montgomery County, New York. The Project will supply electricity to National Grid’s transmission system through an interconnection with the utility’s existing St. Johnsville-Marshville 115-kV transmission line.

    Additional details are set forth in the Application, which is available at To access information regarding the Project, click on “Search” and then enter case number 17-F-0182.

Summary of the Article 10 Process

    The five phases of the Article 10 process include pre-application, application, administrative hearings, Siting Board decision and compliance.
    • Pre-Application: In this phase, a developer submits two documents: a Public Involvement Program (PIP) Plan and a Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS). The PIP Plan is filed at least 150 days in advance of the PSS and the PSS must be submitted at least 90 days before an Application is filed. Mohawk Solar filed a PIP Plan on March 31, 2017. The PIP Plan described the activities Mohawk Solar would undertake to educate, inform and involve the public in the Article 10 review of the Project. Mohawk Solar filed its PSS on October 18, 2017. The PSS describes the information Mohawk Solar proposed to include in its application for the Project including a description of the proposed Facility, an evaluation of reasonable alternatives, any potential significant environmental and or health impacts, and proposed studies to evaluate potential Project impacts and measures to avoid or mitigate those impacts.

      There were opportunities for public involvement during the pre-application phase designed to facilitate communication between the Applicant and interested or affected parties. At the time the PSS was filed, Mohawk Solar paid a fee to fund a pre-Application intervenor account to assist intervenor review and comment on the PSS. After funds were awarded, Mohawk Solar and several parties negotiated agreements as to a full scope of studies and information to be presented in the Article 10 Application.

    • Application: The Application filed June 5, 2019, and supplemented on October 18, 2019 and November 20, 2019, describes the Project, Mohawk Solar’s public involvement activities, the benefits of the Project, the potential impacts of Project construction and operation on the environment, land use, public health and safety, communications, transportation, cultural and historic resources, and the statewide electric system, the results of the studies performed, and measures to avoid and or minimize Project impacts. The Mohawk Solar Application was accompanied by additional intervenor funds which are available to support participation by eligible intervenor parties in the review of the proposed project.
    • Administrative Hearings and Procedural Conference: Upon determining that the Application complies with the law, the Chair of the Siting Board set a date for a public hearing. Public statement hearings provide an opportunity for anyone interested in the Project to make comments on the record for consideration by the Siting Board. Evidentiary hearings will be scheduled by the Examiners as needed. Thereafter, the Examiners may issue a recommended decision for the Siting Board’s consideration. The Siting Board will then issue an order determining whether a certificate should be issued for the project, and the conditions, if any, that apply to a certificate.
    • Compliance: If a Certificate is granted, the Article 10 process will then transition into the compliance phase. This phase includes three sub-phases: pre-construction compliance, on-site construction, and long-term compliance. The pre-construction sub-phase includes the filing and review of final engineering and design documents, and the obtaining of permits and approvals prior to construction. During the on-site construction compliance sub-phase, DPS Staff inspects site conditions to ensure compliance requirements are met after construction begins. Finally, a project’s Certificate may require long-term compliance regarding operation, maintenance and decommissioning.

    Methods for Commenting on the Case
    All comments can be made at the public statement hearing held on January 15, 2020 or submitted through the methods below:
    • Via the Department Website: Comments may be entered directly into the case via the website, by entering 17-F-0182 in the Search by Case Number option found on the homepage. After opening the case, enter comments in the “Post Comments” section located at the top of the page.
    • Via Mail or E-Mail: Submit comments electronically to Michelle L. Phillips, Secretary, at or by mail to Secretary Phillips at the New York State Department of Public Service, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350. Comments delivered in these manners should reference the Mohawk Solar (Case 17-F-0182).
    • Via the Toll-free Opinion Line: Individuals may choose to submit comments by calling the Department’s toll-free Opinion Line at 1-800-335-2120. This line is set up to receive in-state calls 24 hours a day. Callers leaving comments should reference Case 17-F-0182, Mohawk Solar Project. Comments received via the Opinion Line are not transcribed, but a summary is provided to the Siting Board for their consideration.
    Comments submitted via these alternate means will be accepted throughout the pendency of this proceeding. All comments will become part of the record considered by the Siting Board.

    For a printable PDF of this fact sheet, please click here: 17-F-0182 Mohawk Solar Wind factsheet with edits BA.pdf17-F-0182 Mohawk Solar Wind factsheet with edits BA.pdf

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