The Town is working hard to advance the deployment of solar photovoltaic systems.
Landfill Solar Project
Most recently, the Town has entered into a power purchase agreement with RER Energy to erect an approximate 2 Megawatt solar array on the site of the former town landfill at the end of Fisher Road. The energy produced by the Solar Farm will significantly offset the town’s municipal energy consumption; we anticipate saving approximately $2 million in energy costs over the life of the project (25 years), with a carbon savings of 2605 metric tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent). This equates to taking 510 automobiles off the road per year. The project is proposed to be completed by the end of 2019. The Town is presently reviewing documentation on the potential environmental impacts for the proposed project.
A public informational meeting has been scheduled for February 11, 2019 at 7:05pm at DeWitt Town Hall. The following Impact Analysis Report
was provided to the DeWitt Town Board on behalf of RER Energy and details the potential environmental impacts of the project. Landfill Solar Project Impact Analysis Report
DeWitt participated with Solarize Syracuse—a grassroots solar movement—that offered residential and commercial applicants in the Towns of DeWitt, Manlius, and Onondaga and the City of Syracuse to combine and utilize the strength of “purchasing power” to purchase or lease solar systems. A total of 71—2 commercial and 69 residential—properties signed solar contracts by the deadline of October 30, 2014.
Town Adopts Unified Solar Permit
To make the permitting process easier, the Town adopted the New York State Unified Solar Permit in September of 2014. This form is designed to be universal across the state, simplistic, and easy to follow. Complete the fillable form on line, print it, sign in the appropriate locations, and bring into the Planning and Zoning Department with the appropriate fee. Fees are indicated on the form.
Town Hall Solar Array
In the Fall of 2011, the Town of DeWitt installed a 55 KW solar array to the roof of the DeWitt Town Hall. To date it has produced 118,606.45 kWh and avoided over 183,000 lbs of carbon dioxide. Click here to see the system production and savings.