Low-impact design has been developed to preserve and protect the environmental quality of the property, and respect the rural character of Dover and the surrounding communities.
- No new off-site gas lines will be built
- The latest technology in air-cooled condensers will reduce water use
- Existing trees will provide a natural buffer for visual and sound impacts
- Native landscaping and raingardens will minimize stormwater runoff
Cricket Valley Energy Center is using the latest technologies to protect water and minimize impacts to the local watershed. The facility will obtain water from deep underground wells to prevent impact on the Swamp River and surface aquifer. It will use about 15 gallons of water per minute in winter to 60 gallons per minute in summer to operate.
- Air-cooling will reduce water requirements by more than 98% compared to traditional cooling
- A zero-liquid discharge system will ensure no water is released to the area surrounding the site
- Exploration wells have confirmed sufficient water and a back-up supply
- NTesting is underway to ensure negligible impact on neighboring water levels
- A stormwater management plan includes native landscaping and water collection gardens to minimize run-off from rainfall
The project will minimize impact to existing wetlands by:
- Siting the project east of the train tracks leaving most of the wetland area undisturbed
- Reducing the size of the facility’s footprint through use of a gas-insulated switchgear substation
- Using the site’s existing building footprint for much of the project
Assessments by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and US Fish and Wildlife Service have identified no endangered species’ habitats on the property.