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Riverhead’s largest solar plant operated without town’s official OK for eight months

by Aug 2, 2023
On July 19, town officials attended a one-year celebration of operation for Calverton Solar Energy Center, aka "Nextera," even though the town didn't issue a its official OK for the facility to operate until March of this year.

Calverton Solar Energy Center, 22.9 MW commercial solar facility, marks one year of operations

by Jul 20, 2023
The 22.9-megawatt Calverton Solar Energy Center celebrated one year of operations, powering over 4,200 households, at an event Wednesday at the solar facility's Edwards Avenue site.

Planning board grants final approval to Calverton’s fifth large solar power facility

by Aug 19, 2021
The addition of Calverton Solar Center will bring the total approved solar energy production capacity in Calverton to 88 megawatts, enough to power more than 14,000 homes.

Fourth large solar energy facility in Calverton clears major hurdle

by May 7, 2021
The Riverhead Planning Board last night granted preliminary site plan approval to the proposed Calverton Solar Energy Center, a 22.9 megawatt commercial solar energy production facility to be built on approximately 198 acres off Edwards Avenue in Calverton.

Town has not yet inked $1.5 million community benefit agreement with solar company

by May 6, 2021
Nearly five months after the Riverhead Town Board authorized the supervisor to sign a $1.5 million community benefit agreement with Long Island Solar Generation, the agreement has not yet been signed by the developer.

NextEra solar project hits a roadblock as planning board rejects proposed site plan

by Apr 16, 2021
The Riverhead Planning Board in a split vote yesterday rejected the site plan for a 22.9 MW commercial solar facility on 198 acres off Edwards Avenue. But the proposal is by no means dead. It is a permitted use on the site under a special permit granted by the town board in December and the applicant is expected to discuss site plan revisions with the planning department.

Town board majority decides to let NextEra determination stand as is

by Apr 5, 2021
Th negative declaration issued to the 22.9 MW solar facility proposal should remain as is, three members of the town board said in a letter to the planning board dated March 30. The letter prompted criticism from the two members who refused to sign it.

Riverhead at a crossroads on NextEra solar energy proposal

by Mar 12, 2021
The town is faced with a gnarly decision, but everything about this application has been gnarly right for the beginning. Here's why.

March 4 site plan hearing set on 198-acre solar facility proposed in Calverton

by Feb 22, 2021
Planning Board Chairman Stan Carey voted against setting the public hearing because new site plan drawings show two 45-foot-tall poles at the substation on the site. Carey said the town board, which handled environmental review of the project, should take another look at it.

New commercial solar facility in Calverton gains permit approval from Riverhead Town Board

by Dec 3, 2020
The Riverhead Town Board Tuesday approved the special permit application for a 22.9 megawatt commercial solar energy facility off Edwards Avenue in Calverton.