The town of Duanesburg has extended its moratorium on solar energy systems including battery energy storage systems another six months.
The moratorium was set to expire in March, but now won’t end until September.
The move comes as Duanesburg, like many other towns across the state, navigate their understanding of solar and the impact it could have on their municipality. The extension also gives the town more time to figure out how to gather with residents to discuss the topic amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We had certainly hoped we would have been able to address that by now; we have not,” said Supervisor William Wenzel during a town board meeting Thursday evening that was held virtually.
He said once the weather warms up there may be more opportunity to meet in-person.
Resident Gregory Harkenrider of Humphrey Road said he and his neighbors have “intense interest” regarding solar.
“We need to sit down with either the supervisor or one or two board members, whoever you think is appropriate, and in a cooperative manner just exchange ideas in a give-and-take setting,” he said.
Resident Lynne Bruning also urged the board to deny any additional change requests from Amp, which is working on the Oak Hill Solar project that abuts Bruning’s property.
Former Supervisor Roger Tidball had previously indicated that the Oak Hill Solar project did not fall under the moratorium because it is a grandfathered project.