CLEAN ENERGY, LOW IMPACT
By repurposing the Tallgrass Golf Course, Shoreham Solar Commons will generate nearly 25 megawatts of pollution-free electricity to meet growing demand. At the same time, this project will preserve the character of the community, by not adding students to local schools, cars to area roads, or light to dark night skies.
THE TALLGRASS GOLF COURSE IS DISAPPEARING
Over the past decade, the economics of golf have changed. Since 2006, throughout the US, more golf courses have closed than opened each and every year. That trend is mirrored here on Long Island. The Links at Shirley and Middle Bay Country Club in Oceanside both closed, while the Long Island National Golf Club in Riverhead has filed for Chapter 11. Tallgrass faces the same challenges.
SOLAR WILL STRENGTHEN THE COMMUNITY
Currently, the Tallgrass Golf Course pays approximately $80,000 in annual property taxes. Shoreham Solar Commons would pay roughly 10X that – between $700,000 and $900,000 each year. This is new property tax revenue that will bolster school budgets without adding a single pupil.
ALTERNATIVES TO SHOREHAM SOLAR COMMONS INFERIOR
Six years ago, the Shoreham community rejected a proposal to build a mixed-use development on what is now the Tallgrass Golf Course. Residents said such development would strain area roads, add chemicals to groundwater, burden emergency services, and change the character of the community. Additional houses also would erode school budgets, as the analysis on the opposite side shows. Despite that developers could still build 120 houses on Tallgrass.