|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Feb 02, 2022||reported and committed to finance|
|Jan 25, 2022||referred to agriculture|
senate Bill S8088
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S8088 (ACTIVE) - Details
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Current Committee:
- Senate Finance
- Law Section:
- Agriculture and Markets Law
- Laws Affected:
- Add §§305-d & 305-e, Ag & Mkts L
- Versions Introduced in 2023-2024 Legislative Session:
S8088 (ACTIVE) - Summary
Relates to the construction, installation and operation of dual-use solar energy projects on certain land which receives an agricultural assessment; defines dual-use solar energy project as a solar installation that integrates solar arrays and farming activity on the same ground.
S8088 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S8088 SPONSOR: HINCHEY TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the construction, installation and operation of dual-use solar energy projects on certain land which receives an agricultural assessment PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To construct, install, and operate dual-use solar energy projects on land which receive an agricultural assessment. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends the agriculture and markets law by adding two new sections 305-d and 305-e for the establishment of dual-use solar projects to be eligible for farmland assessment under certain condi- tions. Section two states the effective date.
S8088 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 8088 I N S E N A T E January 25, 2022 ___________ Introduced by Sen. HINCHEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the construction, installation and operation of dual-use solar energy projects on certain land which receives an agricultural assessment THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding two new sections 305-d and 305-e to read as follows: § 305-D. DUAL-USE SOLAR ENERGY PROJECTS PILOT PROGRAM. 1. THE DEPART- MENT SHALL ESTABLISH A DUAL-USE SOLAR ENERGY PROJECT PILOT PROGRAM PROMOTING THE INSTALLATION OF DUAL-USE ENERGY PROJECTS ON CERTAIN AGRI- CULTURAL LAND. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL OVERSEE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PILOT PROGRAM. 2. DEFINITIONS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION: A. "DUAL-USE SOLAR ENERGY PROJECT" MEANS A SOLAR INSTALLATION THAT INTEGRATES SOLAR ARRAYS AND FARMING ACTIVITY ON THE SAME GROUND. TO BE CONSIDERED DUAL-USE, A SOLAR INSTALLATION CANNOT DISPLACE FARMING ACTIV- ITY; FARMING ACTIVITY MUST BE MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT THE LIFE OF THE SOLAR FACILITY IN A MANNER THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH COMMERCIAL AGRICUL- TURAL PRODUCTION AS APPROPRIATE TO THE CAPACITY OF THE LAND WHEN FARMED SUSTAINABLY. DUAL-USE IS DIFFERENT THAN SIMPLE CO-LOCATION WHICH GENER- ALLY INVOLVES TRADITIONAL GROUND-MOUNTED SOLAR INSTALLATIONS THAT HOST NON-AGRICULTURAL PLANTINGS WITH ADDITIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS. THE TERM "DUAL-USE" REFERS TO A SOLAR INSTALLATION THAT: (I) RETAINS OR ENHANCES THE LAND'S AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY, BOTH SHORT TERM AND LONG TERM; (II) IS BUILT, MAINTAINED, AND HAS PROVISIONS FOR DECOMMISSIONING TO PROTECT THE LAND'S AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES AND UTILITY; AND (III) SUPPORTS THE VIABILITY OF A FARMING OPERATION. B. "PRESERVED FARMLAND" MEANS LAND ON WHICH A DEVELOPMENT EASEMENT WAS CONVEYED TO, OR RETAINED BY, THE COMMITTEE, A BOARD, OR A QUALIFYING TAX EXEMPT NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION FOR FARMLAND PRESERVATION PURPOSES. C. "UNPRESERVED FARMLAND" MEANS ANY LAND THAT IS VALUED, ASSESSED, AND TAXED AS FARMLAND AND IS NOT PRESERVED FARMLAND. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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