The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced that the largest community solar project in New York City is now operational.
Located in Brooklyn, the 1.2 MW solar array supports Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s mandate for half of all electricity consumed in the state to come from renewable sources by 2030. Nearly 200 households and businesses will benefit from this latest project.
The solar array, developed by Daroga Solar, is fully subscribed with 196 total customers: 70% residential customers, 20% small commercial customers and 10% low- to moderate-income customers. NYSERDA, through the state’s NY-Sun program, provided over $850,000 in funding for the project, which includes a total of 3,325 panels on the rooftops of two locations on Pitkin Ave.
Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA, says, “Residents and small-business owners throughout New York are rapidly embracing community solar as a means to lower their energy costs, reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment. I applaud Daroga Solar for their commitment to this project and the residents and small-business owners in Brooklyn who have joined together to embrace renewable energy and support Governor Cuomo’s ambitious clean energy and climate goals.”
More than 84,000 solar installations have been supported by NYSERDA throughout New York State to date, with over 5,004 projects currently in the pipeline, including 700 MW of community solar.