Free Seminar to Provide Education on Solar Farms


Free Seminar to Provide Education on Solar Farms

The Oswego County Farm Bureau in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County and the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding a Solar Farm Seminar on Wednesday, May 18th at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union in Mexico. Open to the public, the free seminar will focus on answering questions surrounding the utilization of solar power for electrical generation. Landowners, those interested in learning more about solar farms, municipal leaders and anyone concerned about the environment are encouraged to attend.

New York State’s Clean Energy Commitment will require 50% of electricity to be sourced from renewable energy sources by 2030. With this mandate, a key piece, the educational component, is often missing. This seminar aims to provide the necessary information to help interested parties make informed decisions. Some of the issues to be addressed include the pros and cons to leasing your acreage to a solar farm generator, is a farm’s agricultural exemption threatened should you sign a lease, what are the economics of solar farms, the environmental benefits and threats, how will solar farms impact land values and what do municipalities need to do to prepare for solar farms. There will be experts on hand to lead the discussion, provide information and answer questions. Invited speakers include Matt Brower from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, attorney Melody Westfall from the Scalfone Law Firm and Mark Kellogg from Farm Credit East.

What: Solar Farm Seminar
When: Wednesday, May 18th from 7:00-9:00 pm
Where: Oswego County Federal Credit Union
5828 Scenic Ave, Mexico

For more information, contact JJ Schell at 315-963-7286 or To reserve your spot, please call the New York Farm Bureau Central New York Regional Office at 315-252-1367 or email

Valor Day

visionVolunteer Lawyer, Syracuse University College of Law’s “Valor Day,” providing free resources to vets, service members. Syracuse law students, alumni and local volunteers will partner to provide free legal and advocacy services through a new Valor Day initiative as a way of giving back to those who have served. Services include legal advice, readjustment and vocational counseling, tax return preparations, resume reviews and credit counseling services. The event is Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the College of Law in the White Hall Rotunda.

“RETURN THE FAVOR” Discount Program

FAVORCardButtonNow participating in the Onondaga County “RETURN THE FAVOR” Discount Program, a program designed to recognize and thank military Veterans for their sacrifices and service to our country. Any honorably discharged military Veteran residing in Onondaga County can get their FAVOR card by bringing their discharge or DD- 214 to the County Clerk Office located in the County Court House, 401 Montgomery Street Syracuse, NY 13202.

Syracuse Center of Excellence

CoElogoColor.tifProud to announce partnership with the Syracuse Center of Excellence, a federation of firms, organizations, and institutions that creates innovations to improve health, productivity, security, and sustainability in built and urban environments. Activities within SyracuseCoE include research, product development, commercialization assistance, and education programs. The scope of application interests include systems that monitor and control thermal comfort, air quality, lighting, sound, and water quality in built and urban environments and innovative energy systems, including clean technologies and renewable fuel sources.

Herkimer County residents have filed suit against Iberdrola

Herkimer County residents have filed suit against Iberdrola, a multi-billion euro Spanish corporation.

The suit pertains to the installation of 37 industrial wind-turbines in a rural residential area with U.S. taxpayer subsidies. It is alleged, among other things, that the towers to be installed were smaller and that they would not produce noise levels above 50 decibels. Instead, Iberdrola installed turbines over 100 feet taller than planned, topping out at 476 feet in height, essentially a 50-story building, spinning at over 100 mph with noise levels that have exceeded 72db. Experts say that noise levels above 35db are considered harmful and that wind turbines of this size should never be placed in such proximity to people’s homes. It is also alleged that insufficient testing and planning was performed on the site before the installation of the turbines. As a result, property values have significantly decreased for the residents, some of which were forced to abandon their homes since they could not be sold. Furthermore, residents’ quality of life has been significantly impacted and some have developed health concerns. The turbines have also caused interference to internet, television and cell phone usage, among other issues. It is also believed that the turbines are running at a low capacity, meaning there is little value to the public by means of energy production, all to the tune of the developer receiving $54 million dollars in tax subsidies and other financial benefits. Another concern, among many, is the damage to the community when the turbines become old and are no longer functioning thereby creating a vast industrial junkyard without redress.

The residents of this community have enlisted the help of the court system to obtain justice. Attorneys Jeff D. DeFrancisco, Esq., and Melody D. Scalfone, Esq., have partnered together on this matter and have filed a Summons and Complaint (PDF) in the Supreme Court of New York, Albany County, against Defendant Iberdrola and several other companies on behalf of more than 60 plaintiffs residing in the Herkimer County, NY area.