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North Hempstead to vote on solar station at landfills

The North Hempstead Town Board will hold a

The North Hempstead Town Board will hold a special hearing tonight to discuss adding solar panels at two old landfills. Credit: Steve Pfost

The North Hempstead town board will hold a special meeting Tuesday night to vote on allowing a private company to install solar panels on the town’s two Port Washington landfills.

The board will consider leasing the two landfills to SunEdison Government Solutions LLC, which would construct two 2-megawatt solar energy-generating plants on the sites.

An informal public meeting on the plan held last week in Port Washington last week drew dozens of nearby residents, many of whom expressed concerns about the proposal.

If the board votes to approve the plan, the company will apply to be included in PSEG Long Island’s solar energy purchasing program, which has an application deadline of Jan. 31. The utility will purchase 100 megawatts of solar power under the plan.

Tonight’s meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at North Hempstead Town Hall, 220 Plandome Rd. in Manhasset.

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