renewable energy

We provide expertise to developers and municipalities at all stages of renewable energy projects. From planning and property acquisition, to environmental review, permitting, and the studies that may be necessitated from these processes, our team can guide you to an engineering-ready site.  From there, our civil, electrical, and power transmission and distribution engineers can deliver technical solutions customized to local requirements.

alternative energy strategies

Distributed Generation Study & Design

  • Solar/Photovoltaic

  • Combined heat & power

  • Wind energy

  • Alternative fuels (biomass, biogas, landfill gas)

Transmission & Distribution

  • Microgrid design

  • Interconnection analysis


We provide the support and specifications necessary to optimize your generation technology to each site, resulting in reliable, efficient operation for years to come.

feasibility & approvals

site selection

  • Desktop review

  • GIS Mapping

  • Property Filtering

  • State & County Resource Review

  • Approximate Layout

  • Preliminary Connection Review

permitting & community engagement
article 10

New York State's Article 10

  • LaBella is uniquely situated to assist in tackling the Article 10 process. Simply put, we have experience with this relatively new process and solar energy development that few firms have.

  • LaBella has been involved with four Article 10 projects, one of which is in the advanced stages of the approval process. We are very familiar with the finer points, pitfalls, and opportunities that exist under Article 10, including key issues of local concern.

  • New York State is currently experiencing a substantial influx of Article 10 solar energy projects.

  • Since 2017, at least 15 utility-scale solar projects have been proposed, almost entirely in upstate New York.

design services


  • Layout optimization

  • Grounding

  • Power distribution

  • Interconnection

  • SCADA & security

  • Signage


  • Site Design

  • Clearing and grading

  • Stormwater management/SWPPP

  • Fencing/gates/security

  • Access roads

  • Trench/rack coordination

Solid Waste

  • Design and permitting for brownfields

  • Landfill renewable energy projects

  • New construction & retro-commissioning

  • LEED V4 expertise

  • NYS energy code required Cx

  • HVAC systems & controls

  • Automatic lighting controls

  • Fire alarm, security, communications, renewable energy systems, specialty building systems

construction services
  • Drone inspection capability

  • SWPPP inspections

  • Electrical interconnections

  • Construction Administration

  • Environmental oversight

  • Compliance with erosion and sediment control laws

  • Agricultural field monitoring

  • Compliance with Public Service Commission ordering clauses

RECENT renewables NEWS

July 9, 2020

With the World Health Organization recently confirming that there is “emerging evidence” that the Coronavirus is airborne transmittable, buildings and facilities must now make sure their filtration and ventilation systems are up-to-date before reopening to the public.


June 29, 2020

LaBella Associates makes ENR's professional services list this year in two categories:

Program Management Firms (#40) and Construction Management/PM-for-Fee Firms (#63).

ENR says that the COVID-19 crisis increases demand for these services.  "Professional services firms...

April 6, 2020

Last week, the NYS Legislature passed the budget bill, which includes an amendment that will dramatically speed up the permitting of renewable energy projects in New York State. The approved amendment – now referred to as Section 94-c of the Executive Law, formerly kno...

October 29, 2019

On Thursday, October 24th, LaBella Associates and the Southern Tier 8 Regional Board presented an educational forum as part of the Regional Energy Assessment and Strategy. The event was designed to increase understanding among businesses and municipal officials about e...

October 23, 2018

Earlier this month, LaBella’s Principal Environmental Analyst Kathy Spencer participated in a panel at the The American Planning Association Upstate Chapter’s Annual Conference. The conference draws planners from across the upstate region together to attend a variety o...

October 11, 2017

Striving for LEED Platinum, the new Visitor Center epitomizes what the agency stands for.

Comprising 450 acres of fields, forests, and wetland, the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar, NY provides guided and self-guided tours for people of all ages. The...

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