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Solar farm makes its pitch for Southold Town landfill

More renewable energy may be coming to Southold Town.

Commercial energy company SunEdison pitched a roughly 1.7 acre solar farm for Southold Town’s landfill at a Planning Board work session Monday.

The business, which is planning to build solar farms in East Hampton and elsewhere on the South Fork, would create a 3,456-module array of solar panels totaling about 800 kwh of power across the southwest slope of a landfill cap.

Project manager Dan Diamond said the solar farm would take up a small part of the property.

“It’s a good use of land that’s already spoken for,” he said.

SunEdison is building the solar farm to fulfill a LIPA request for more solar power stations, Mr. Diamond said. Since LIPA is limiting how much power it will take in from the solar farm, Mr. Diamond said the project would be built “to the capacity LIPA allows.”

“We don’t, at this time, see the possibility to max out,” he added.

If approved, the solar farm could be completed in as little as three months, Mr. Diamond said.

At the Oct. 5 regular meeting, the Planning Board is expected to schedule a public hearing to discuss the proposed solar farm.

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