Town Supervisor James Quigley said the funding, from NYSERDA’s Market Acceleration Bridge Incentive Program, is tied to GlidePath's decision to power the facility with batteries rather then fossil fuels, a change the company announced in early February.
“It wasn’t until they (GlidePath officials) started meeting with NYSERDA ... that they actually saw a vision where they could apply to this [grant] program and change the form of their [plan] to something the community could actually want,” Quigley said.
The change to batteries from fracked natural gas and diesel aim...d to address many of the concerns voiced by opponents of the original proposal, Minnesota-based GlidePath said in February.
Opposition to the power plant, which is to be known as the Lincoln Park Grid Support Center, nearly evaporated when fossil fuels, which would have required smokestacks for emissions, were dropped from the proposal. At the same time, GlidePath announced the project site would be farther from nearby homes than originally planned, addressing another public concern.
In November,GlidePath said the operation is to be made up of 40 buildings measuring 8 by 40 feet each instead of a single 30,000-square-foot structure.
The project is to be on about 3 acres of a 122-acre site off Frank Sottile Boulevard, extending from Miron Lane to state Route 32
Ned Sullivan, president of Scenic Hudson, an environmental protection group that was opposed to the plan when it included fossil fuels, said in a prepared statement that the NYSERDA aid will help GlidePath “transition from building a fossil-fuel plant that would cause pollution and contribute to climate change ... to being good for the environment."
GlidePath plans to house about 11,500 batteries, which will provide about 80 megawatt hours of electricity, across the 40 buildings. That number of batteries is scaled back from the 25,000 listed when the project first was proposed nearly two years ago.
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