Barker, NY – October 30, 2018 – The Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter has unanimously and formally endorsed the proposed Lighthouse Wind project of Apex Clean Energy, Inc., in the Town of Somerset, Niagara County, and the Town of Yates, Orleans County, as being environmentally sound.
“In 2014, Apex Clean Energy, Inc. announced a proposed wind turbine facility in the towns of Somerset and Yates,” reads the resolution. “Over that time, studies have been conducted concerning environmental factors including bird mortality (such as raptors and other large birds), bat mortality, noise levels, flicker effect, soil erosion, and post installation utilization of farm lands. The preliminary results were announced on October 2, 2018 by Apex, and a majority of the Niagara Group’s ExCom attended the presentation. The project is subject to the Article 10 review process required by the State of New York for the construction of power generation facilities over 25 megawatts.”
"The Apex wind project is exactly what Western New Yorkers need to harness the power of community benefits through strong, local, renewable power,” Kate Bartholomew, chapter chair, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter said. “Renewable energy projects like Lighthouse Wind are key in ensuring we not only meet New York's climate goals but also, a just and equitable transition to 100 percent clean, renewable economy. Sierra Club looks forward to working with Apex and local communities to ensure this and other projects across the state are built to meet the strong environmental safeguards, fair labor standards, and prioritize local, community hiring.”
“For more than a century, the Sierra Club has served as a leading voice to protect and ensure the ongoing quality of our natural environment,” said Dave Phillips, Apex Clean Energy vice president of environmental. “The endorsement of the Lighthouse Wind project by the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club should send a clear signal to local stakeholders as well as those in state government. Lighthouse Wind is an environmentally sound project and a key contributor to the state of New York achieving its ambitious 2030 renewable energy targets.”
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