Key Contact

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Lisa Oliver, P.E. Director of Energy

Project Story

The project includes the development of a 100 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) that will be connected to an existing substation to help the utility with grid stability.  This project uses batteries with inverters to store energy during off-peak times and release it during peak times.  The challenge of this project is the site has significant topography, with approximately a 100-foot change in elevation from one end of the site to the other.  The site needed to be terraced to allow for flatter spots to be created to house the battery containers.  

Fisher Associates performed topographic surveying to gather information on the ground contours and existing features at the site. This information was used to develop preliminary site plans to aid in the permitting process. The permitting plans included the development of grading, erosion and sediment control, stormwater design, and landscaping plans. Our survey group also prepared exhibits for the subdivision of the project site from the parent parcel.

Wetland field surveys were performed to determine the existence of any wetlands or streams on the project. A Phase I ESA was performed to determine if any hazardous materials were or had been in the project area.  

Our permitting team prepared the Environmental Assessment Form for the project to assist with the SEQR permitting process and attended meetings to support the local permitting.  A visual simulation was prepared to show what the project is expected to look like after construction and help the local permitting board understand what was going to be constructed. 

Tasks Completed

  • Geomatics
    • Topographic survey
    • Construction stake out
  • Civil
    • Geotechnical investigation
    • Preliminary site design
    • Local permitting support
    • NYSDOT permitting
    • Erosion and sediment control plans
    • Hydrology study
    • Final design plans
  • Environmental
    • Phase I ESA
    • SPCC