Ulster IDA wants more assurances from solar farm company


KINGSTON – Magruder Solar LLC appeared before the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday seeking acceptance of their initial application for financial incentives to build a five-megawatt solar farm in the Town of Shawangunk.

The board, meeting virtually, declined to take any action, but rather sent the company back with a list of issues they want addressed, noted IDA Executive Director Rose Woodworth.

“The IDA Board had asked the applicant to go back to the Town of Shawangunk to try to get their approval on any kind of PILOT,” she said. “The board had also asked them to speak more with local union labor and paying prevailing wage toward any construction jobs. They felt was especially important because there aren’t going to be any permanent, full-time jobs added by this project.”

Magruder Solar wants to build the $6.8 million project on 20 leased acres. 

The company said after a six-month construction period, the project is expected to operate for 30 years. That is the length of time of the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes they are seeking.

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