The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the City of Troy, and Monolith Solar have announced the completion of a 603 kW solar array at a former landfill in Troy.
According to the partners, the array completes a solar project that includes six total installations. The six sites have all been commissioned; the landfill is the largest of the projects.
The six solar projects – with locations inside and outside of Troy’s city limits – were developed by Monolith Solar of Rensselaer, N.Y. Other sites include the Knickerbacker Ice Arena, Frear Park and the Troy Public Works complex.
The facilities support New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goal to have 50% of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. The projects are also supported by NY-Sun, Cuomo’s $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move the state closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry.
The entire suite of projects will produce 2.1 MW of electricity, which city officials expect will provide about 20% of Troy’s municipal energy needs while helping the city save an estimated $2 million over the next 10 years.
“The City of Troy’s project is the latest example of how solar can provide clean energy and reduced costs for residents and businesses throughout New York,” comments Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA. “Projects like this support job creation and spur local investments all across our state, and I applaud the city for joining Governor Cuomo’s commitment to fighting climate change and protecting our environment.”
Patrick Madden, mayor of Troy, adds, “Investment in renewable energy is an important part of Troy’s commitment to build a cleaner, greener community for the benefit of future generations.”
Troy invested in the solar project without any capital expenditures through a 25-year power purchase agreement. The city is able to offset the energy costs by contracting at a predictable rate through the PPA term, which includes an annual inflation adjustment for Monolith Solar, as well as a savings guarantee.
The city and Monolith Solar are now designing a second project at the landfill site that would generate up to 2.7 MW. That project is expected to be completed by the end of this year, with the combined output of the entire Troy portfolio providing 40% to 50% of the city’s energy needs.