Foley Hoag Advises Hecate Energy on Obtaining Permit for Cider Solar Farm

Cider Solar Farm is the largest solar project permitted to date in New York State.

July 26, 2022

Foley Hoag advised Hecate Energy at every step of the process for obtaining its final permit for the siting, construction and operation of the Cider Solar Farm. At 500 megawatts, Cider Solar will be the largest solar project in New York State, capable of powering 125,000 average New York households. The Cider Solar Farm is expected to create up to 500 construction jobs and generate enough clean energy to offset 718,694 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, which according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is equivalent to the annual emissions from 141,794 passenger vehicles.

This permit – the first issued for a project that made its application to New York’s Office of Renewable Energy Siting – authorizes Hecate to construct and operate the Cider Solar Farm, which is expected to be operational in 2024. The permitting precedent set by Cider Solar Farm bodes well for the state’s continued progress toward its ambitious goals of 70 percent renewable energy by 2030 and a 100 percent zero emission grid by 2040.

Foley Hoag attorneys Noah Shaw and Sarah Main represented Hecate Energy.

About Hecate Energy

Headquartered in Chicago, Hecate Energy is a developer of solar power plants, wind power plants, and energy storage solutions. Founded in 2012 by a team of energy industry veterans who have worked together for more than 20 years, Hecate Energy has 40+ GW development pipeline of projects, including several projects in New York and the Northeastern United States.

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