Skidmore College's attempt to build a solar power facility moved one step closer to reality Tuesday.
The Greenfield Planning Board voted to recommend to the Town Board that it approve the college's Planned Unit Development application, which includes an 8-acre solar project in the corner of a 120-acre tract of land it owns. Late last month, the Planning Board determined the proposal wouldn't have any adverse environmental impacts.
Mike West, Skidmore 's treasurer and vice president for finance and administration, said in a statement he was optimistic about meeting with the Town Board.
"We continue to believe the project has great benefits for the town and the college," he said.
The Planning Board, which noted Skidmore 's plans preserved green space and were innovative, is requiring the college to maintain trees to screen the project from view and to pay for the removal of the solar array if the project is ended.