“The owners of Orchard Creek Golf Course have proposed a land swap to shield their customers as well as residents of Dunnsville Road from what would be the largest solar array in Guilderland.
John Abbruzzese, who owns the golf course with his brothers, told The Enterprise that he made the informal offer to Joseph Muia, who owns the adjacent property and is proposing to install a five-megawatt solar array on a 65-acre field that slopes upward beside Orchard Creek.
Abbruzzese said Muia seemed amenable but Muia said he had to talk to Helios, the company installing the solar array, and told Abbruzzese they would discuss the issue after the holidays.
“Which is where we are now,” Abbruzzese said.
Muia could not be reached for comment.
But Abbruzzese may be getting some help from the town.
The Guilderland Town Board voted Tuesday night to hold a public hearing on multiple proposed changes — mainly additions — to its 2016 solar law.
Supervisor Peter Barber said at the meeting that the changes came about in response to concerns about solar facilities, particularly in the rural parts of the town, that people have expressed at various town meetings. “
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Mulkerrin, Sean. Altamont Enterprise 6 February 2020.