CNY's first solar power farm could come to Cicero

CICERO (WSYR-TV) - Central New York's first solar farm could soon be coming to Cicero. 

California-based Cypress Creek Renewables would run the operation. The farm would provide enough energy for 500 homes, according to a Cypress Creek spokesperson. 

The location for the farm would be near the Cicero-Manlius town line behind several residential properties. It's estimated to be a 20-acre project with dozens of solar panels that could save electric users up to ten percent on their current bill. 

"It will be the largest and first of its kind in Upstate New York," Mark Venesky, the Cicero town supervisor, said. 

Residential home owners, business owners, and people who rent would be able to get the solar power. 

"This is really a precursor," Robert Smith, the planning board chairman for Cicero, said. "If we do more stuff like this and we bring the town forward and modernize it.... it puts us in a better position for economic development in the town." 

If approved by the planning board, the farm is expected to be running by fall 2017. 

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