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New Jersey renewable energy company proceeds with plans for Watertown hydro plant on Sewall’s Island

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A New Jersey renewable energy company has cleared a major step in developing a hydroelectric site on Sewall’s Island, and Convalt Energy’s application for a hydro plant has been rejected, Councilman Patrick J. Hickey informed the city council on Monday.

The New Jersey company, LinkPast Solutions, was recently notified that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has “accepted” its preliminary permit application to build two hydro plants on Sewall’s Island and develop recreational kayaking opportunities.

Plans call for construction of two buildings that would house the hydro plants near the site of an abandoned plant on Sewall’s Island on the Black River and demolishing of an existing dam. All that is left of that plant is a skeleton of a building.

According to a Dec. 14 letter to LinkPast Solutions, the “sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder to file a license application during the permit term.” FERC now starts soliciting comments about the project for the next 60 days.

Hickey was recently searching on the FERC website when he learned about the status of LinkPast’s application project, saying it was “absolutely” a major step in the process.

He brought up the company’s application during Monday night’s council meeting.

“I would highly suggest the city begins a dialogue with LinkPast and develop a cooperative joint venture to develop Sewall’s Island,” he said Monday night.

LinkPast is developing five hydroelectric generating facilities in the greater Watertown area, he said. In addition to the two on Sewall’s Island, the company also plans to build three others along the Black River, called the Great Mills Hydro Project.

LinkPast Solutions is a new company, with the Sewall’s Island and Great Mills proposals its first venture into renewable energy.

Hickey said the city missed out on pursuing its own project on the island because it “didn’t have the vision” to do so. City officials were worried about its cost, rather than the importance of a second city-owned hydro plant, he said.

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Renewable energy company proposes 520-acre solar project in Rutland, Watertown

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WATERTOWN — A San Diego-based renewable energy company is proposing a 110-megawatt, 520-acre solar project in the towns of Rutland and Watertown.

The Rutland Center Solar Project would be built along Route 126 and Route 12, straddling the town lines of Rutland and Watertown. Borrego Energy is the developer.

One of the biggest solar projects proposed in the north country, the solar array is expected to produce enough electricity to power more than 18,000 homes, according to Borrego company officials.

The company has not started the application process with the state Office of Renewable Energy Siting. Construction is planned start in 2024 and it would not be in operation until a year later. The project would follow ORES’ 94-c permitting process and environmental review for large solar projects.

Borrego plans to file the application by the end of the year. The company also has a contract with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority under the 2020 Renewable Energy Standard solicitation.

“It’s in the early stages,” Borrego Senior Project Developer Leah Grossman said.

The company held an open house on Thursday at the Watertown Fire Department station, giving residents a chance to find out more about the project.

A few residents attending the open house said they had been aware of the project for a couple of years. The company was not required to start the public outreach for another four months.

“We wanted to get some public input early on,” Ms. Grossman said.

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