A national solar energy development firm has retained Erdman Anthony to assist in the development of solar projects in New York state. Our work in this regard has included:
- Due diligence, which included desktop review of online resources, contact with governmental agencies, preparation of mapping, site visits, preliminary permitting, and GIS-LIDAR mapping.
- A site investigative report, which included all or some of the following: determining tax parcel ID numbers of the subject site, identifying potential geotechnical and environmental issues, general topography, aerial photos/existing conditions, access requirements, fire department requirements, identifying initial schedule impacts, utility availability, location of existing water/storm/sanitary, applicable zoning information, tree-preservation requirements, special zoning alternatives, potential required off-site improvements, soft-cost budget estimates, a floodplain map (FEMA), contact names and phone numbers of applicable municipal/AHJ departments, stormwater requirements, and other specific requirements for this land use.
- Other reports include U.S. Fish & Wildlife/NHESP Review and Phase I Environmental Site Assessment.
- A site-use plan, which included an existing-conditions plan, a tree-clearing plan, a layout and materials plan, a grading and erosion-control plan, and construction details.
Other scope associated with obtaining the local permit typically included application forms, a drainage study, access permits, a nationwide permit – wetlands, U.S Fish & Wildlife Service permits, and NPDES-SWPPP.