Siting Permitting & Public Involvement

The Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) and Section 94-c
  • Section 94-c of the Executive Law of New York State governs the process for siting and permitting applicable to the Ridge View Solar Project. It provides for the review of new or modified major electric generating facilities by the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES), housed within the Department of State.
  • This new permitting process for renewable energy projects greater than 25MW in New York State has been established by the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth & Community Benefit Act Legislation from 2020.
  • The Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act legislation may be accessed via Part JJJ of the Transportation, Economic Development and Environmental Conservation (TED) Bill, beginning on page 103 Bill Search and Legislative Information | New York State Assembly (
  • The ORES final regulations were published in March 2021 with uniform standards and conditions for projects to meet Regulations | Office of Renewable Energy Siting (
  • The 94-c application will be posted when available
Issued Permits

Will be posted when available.

Permitting Timeframes
  • After the 94-c permit application is submitted, intervenor funding will be available.
  • One-year timeline for approval following a completeness determination (Completeness determination roughly 60 days following application submission)
  • If deemed complete, applications will be acted upon within one year.

  • If the Siting Office does not make a determination within one year, the draft permit will be deemed approved and a permit granted.
How to Receive notices About the Application
  • Those wishing to receive all notices concerning the proposed project can subscribe to the Department of Public Service – Matter Master – Service List. Click How to Subscribe – for step- by-step instructions on how to subscribe to the Service List of Matter and Cases. To access relevant documents from the ORES website, look under Permit Applications (Project DMM Matter Number).
Habitat Surveys, Environmental Studies and Cultural Reviews
  • The Ridge View Solar Project is a zero-emission solar energy project that will assist the New York State in meeting the goals of the Climate Leadership and Protection Act and State Energy Plan, which includes obtaining 70% of energy generation from renewable sources by 2030 and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Other positive impacts of the Project include diversification of energy supplies, new employment opportunities (both temporary construction employment and full-time jobs), and increased revenues to the Town of Hartland, Niagara County, New York, school districts, payments to participating landowners, the local hospitality industry, and purchase of local supplies and goods.
  • The 94-c Process has been implemented by rules enacted by ORES and establishes a review process with uniform standards and conditions for all renewable energy projects. The uniform standards and conditions are available at 19 NYCRR 900.6 and
  • In addition, EDF Renewables has attempted to minimize impacts associated with the Project, for example, by limiting the disturbance to forested lands and wetlands to the maximum extent practicable. EDF Renewables will submit an application that includes extensive studies evaluating the potential impacts associated with the Project and identified methods which have been agreed to be implemented to avoid, minimize and mitigate potential impacts. A summary of those studies is presented below:
94-C Pre-Application Requirements  94-C Application Requirements
Consultation with Local Agencies Overview and Public Involvement
Meeting With Community Members Real Property
Transcripts, Presentation Materials and Summary Design Drawings
Notice of Intent to File an application Public Health & Safety
Wetland Delineation Noise and Vibration
Water Resources and Aquatic Ecology Visual Impacts
NYS Threatened or Endangered Species Cultural Resources
Archaeological Resources Consultation Geology, Seismology and Soils
Consultation with ORES Terrestrial Ecology
NYS Threatened and Endangered Species
Water Resources and Aquatic Ecology
Agricultural Resources
Effect on Transportation
Socioeconomic Effects
Environmental Justice
Electric Systems Effects and Interconnection
Electric and Magnetic Fields
Site Restoration and Decommissioning



EDF Renewable’s Development Manager and permitting team presented information about impacts related to endangered species, farmland, wetlands, tree clearing, and environmental studies at community meetings. See the Project Information Tab on our Resources page.

94-c Opportunities for Local Input

Communities and local governments will have opportunities to provide input throughout the new Siting Office review process:

  • No application will be deemed complete without proof of consultation with the host community
  • Municipalities will be notified upon the publishing of an application’s draft permit conditions and shall provide feedback on the draft permit conditions and the proposed facility’s compliance with local laws.
  • If host community statements raise any substantive and significant issues that require adjudication, the Siting Office may establish a date for an adjudicatory hearing.
How to Access Local Agency Account Funding

Local agency account means the account established by ORES and maintained by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority pursuant to Section 94-c of the Executive Law for local agencies and potential community intervenors which meet the eligibility and procedural requirements of this Part to participate in public comment periods or hearings. Local agency means any local agency, board, district, commission or governing body, including municipalities, and other political subdivision of the state.

Pursuant to 19 NYCRR 900-5, EDF Renewables will submit with the Application $1,000 dollars for each MW of capacity for local agencies and potential community intervenors. Any local agency or potential community intervenor can submit a request to ORES for funding within thirty (30) days of the date of the application filing. By regulation, 75% of the local agency account funds shall be reserved for local agencies. Intervenor requests will be made to:

The Office of Renewable Energy Siting
Attention: Request for Local Agency Account Funding
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12231-0001

Local Agency Account Funding Updates

Will be posted when available.

Party and Potential Party Registration
Process for Submission and Sharing of Protected Information and Access to Protected Information
  • Any party that: (a) has requested the information or normally would be entitled to service of such under 19 NYCRR Subpart 900-8 and (b) is not a party that would benefit from access to the Protected Information by reason of being a competitor or having an adverse business interest to the Providing Party is entitled to access to Protected Information under this Protective Order.
  • To qualify its information as Protected Information, the party submitting the information (Providing Party) to ORES must submit to the presiding Administrative Law Judges a contemporaneous, written request (Request for Protected Status).
  • “Protected Information” is information that is submitted to the New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) by a party to this proceeding under cover of a claim that it should be protected from public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), Public Officers Law (POL) §84 et seq., Part 80 of title 19 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (19 NYCRR), and the procedures outlined in Paragraph 6 below regarding a Request for Protected Status. “Protected information” also includes any information learned on any site visit to the project area about the location of any threatened or endangered species, or species of special concern, or location or characteristics of the habitat of such species.