groSolar, an EDF Renewable Energy company, and the Town of Ontario, N.Y., have announced completion of the 2.8 MW Town of Ontario Solar Project, which is located on land shared with the town’s wastewater treatment facility.
“Ontario further solidifies our commitment to sustainable growth, smart government and diversity of energy resources,” says Ontario Town Supervisor John Smith.
“The project is an excellent example of how municipalities, state agencies, and private companies are collaborating to bring new sources of distributed power generation to communities across the country,” adds Timothy Heinle, vice president of groSolar.
According to groSolar, the project will generate approximately 3.5 million kWh of renewable energy in its first full year of operation – enough electricity to power more than 250 homes. The project further provides power at a fixed price to the municipality for the next 25 years, offering the town substantial savings and insulation from volatile energy prices.
The project was made possible by the town leadership and funding through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, which is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
“Under Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy, solar power is integral to driving the state’s clean energy economy while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions,” says Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA. “The Town of Ontario Solar Project serves as a model for other communities across the state that want to reduce energy costs and create a clean, sustainable future.”
Heinle adds, “groSolar is excited to continue its work with communities across New York and support the state’s renewable energy goals with our industry leading solar solutions.”