The Garnet Energy Center will create new jobs, generate long-term revenue and deliver economic development to Cayuga County and the town of Conquest.
Located in the town of Conquest in Cayuga County, N.Y., the Garnet Energy Center is a proposed 200-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy generating facility with 20 megawatts of energy storage.
The town of Conquest possesses the critical elements required for a strong solar and energy storage project, including a strong solar resource, existing road infrastructure, access to transmission infrastructure, and available land in an area well-suited environmentally to host such a project.
Proposed by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, the world’s largest generator of energy from the wind and sun, the Garnet Energy Center is expected to begin commercial operation in late 2023.
The Garnet Energy Center has the potential to create new jobs while providing long-term revenue and economic development to Cayuga County and the town of Conquest.
Garnet is expected to provide millions in revenue to the town of Conquest, Cayuga County and the school district to invest in infrastructure, additional services and resources for residents.
The project will create three to four full-time positions and 250+ jobs during construction. There will be opportunities for local businesses to supply materials to support the construction of the project, and service-industry businesses such as hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues will benefit from an increase in worker activity throughout construction.
The project will invest a substantial amount of money in construction labor, creating employment opportunities for those in the construction trades, including equipment operators, truck drivers, laborers and electricians.
Through land agreements, Garnet Energy Center will support the agricultural economy by infusing revenue into family farms and diversifying their income. This income saves farm jobs and will increase the economic activity from these essential local businesses.
The Garnet Energy Center will support family farms in the town of Conquest.