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POMFRET No reason to rush on renewables

Northern Chautauqua County has become prime property for renewable energy. All one has to do is take a look in the hills of Arkwright and Charlotte and in numerous open fields.

Wind turbines and solar panels are no longer a rarity. While this type of energy needs to be a part of the grid, it is definitely taking a toll on residents who have questions or worry about future property values.

Earlier this month, the town of Pomfret told solar company RIC Energy it was going to take some time before moving ahead with a hearing on its project that is slated for 10026 Farel Road, which could impact those living on Berry Road. The lack of urgency upset the company official.

Town Board members, rightly so, stood up for those residents who may be possibly impacted. “This is the fifth time we’re doing this, not the first,” Town Board member Christopher Schaeffer said to the RIC Energy representatives. “We’re getting better at this.”

It is no secret that New York state is pushing for many of these projects. That being said, local boards are correct at taking their time when considering any future initiative. Their obligation is to the taxpayers, not the companies.

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