Solar project waiting for OKs

MAYFIELD – The Mayfield Central School District will have to wait a little while longer for solar power.

According to district Superintendent Joseph Natale, the project has not started because it still needs approval from various agencies.

During Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Natale was asked by members of the board about the status of the project.

Tim Carr, strategic account manager with Monolith, previously said the project could allow the district to have 400 kilowatts of solar power provided for the elementary and high schools.

Monolith would pay for the construction and installation of the solar panels.

The district would buy power from Monolith at a reduced rate, compared to current electrical power costs. Carr previously said solar power could cost 25 percent less than what the district is paying now. The contract would last for 20 years.

In August, the district approved a power purchasing agreement.

Originally, the district was told the project could begin construction in September or October.

However, Natale said until approval is given, the project can’t start.

Natale said, depending on how soon New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the state Department of Education and other agencies approve this project, the construction could begin at any time.

“If the approval takes a couple of months, my guess is we would have to wait until spring,” Natale said.