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On Long Island, construction of a controversial solar farm in Mastic has resumed after a state judge lifted a temporary restraining order on the site last week.

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On Long Island, the town of Brookhaven’s Planning Board has approved a controversial solar farm to be built in Mastic. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have expanded the Long Island Pine Barrens.

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Construction on New York’s second largest solar farm will begin next month on Long Island.

A former golf course will be the site of the new solar farm that could provide energy to more than 4,000 homes.

Local residents protested the Shoreham Solar Commons last year, worried that the development could affect the view of the landscape and property values.

The Long Island Power Authority has a 20-year contract with Invenergy, the developer of the farm. The contract is valued at $177 million.

Construction is expected to take eight to ten months.

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While more and more Long Islanders are powering their homes with solar energy, it only makes up a small slice of the energy pie in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. A state program administered by towns wants to change that by cutting the price of solar panels to homeowners who use approved vendors.

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