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Newark Valley Mayor Pushes for New Solar Farm

The mayor of the Village of Newark Valley is pushing a plan to demolish an abandoned factory and replace it with a solar farm which he says could take care of the village's municipal power needs.

Jim Tornatore is working to get almost $400,000 in state grants to take down the gold medal ladders building. He expects to get a $100,000 to remove asbestos from the building, but is still waiting to hear if the village will receive the rest from the state to take the building down to a concrete pad. At that point, Tornatore feels a solar company or private investor would foot the $750,000 bill for a solar farm that would generate about 250,000 kilowatts per year.

"Those 250,000 kilowatts can fully satisfy the village's municipal needs. That is our water company, our street lights, our libraries, our two municipal buildings," said Tornatore.

Tuesday on Fox 40 News at 6:00 p.m. hear how this plan may not only change the way one village gets it's energy, but the way blighted buildings and Brownfields could be re-purposed throughout the area.