New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the completion of the state’s largest community solar project, a 2.7 MW facility in Sullivan County.
According to the governor’s office, the solar facility will result in reduced energy bills for more than 350 households and small businesses. In addition, the project supports Cuomo’s state mandate for half of all electricity consumed to come from renewable energy sources by 2030.
“An investment in renewable energy is an investment in the future and sustainability of New York’s environment and the overall health of this state,” says Cuomo. “This Sullivan County project will deliver energy savings to residents throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region while supporting the establishment of a cleaner, greener New York for all.”
The solar array, located in Callicoon, is made up of approximately 9,800 panels. The project is expected to reduce greenhouse gases by 1,670 metric tons annually.
The project, owned by Delaware River Solar, received nearly $1.3 million in funding through Cuomo’s $1 billion NY-Sun initiative, which is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
“New Yorkers are once again joining Governor Cuomo’s commitment to fighting climate change and protecting our environment as we march towards meeting his nation-leading commitments to adoption of renewable energy,” comments Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA. “I commend all of the Sullivan County community solar subscribers for taking part in solar energy projects like this one that are not only reducing harmful carbon emissions but creating thousands of jobs and spurring local investments all across our state.”
These community-based projects increase access to solar in areas where residents may or may not own property or have room to install solar panels at their location by enabling them to subscribe to a local community solar project. Once households and businesses subscribe, energy is still delivered through their regular electric provider while the power produced from the solar array is fed directly back to the electric grid. As a result, the grid is supplied with clean, renewable energy while subscribers get credit on their electric bills.
In February, Cuomo announced that solar power in New York increased more than 1,000% from December 2011 to December 2017, leveraging more than $2.8 billion in private investments.
“It is important that we continue to seek ways to produce energy from as many sources as possible,” notes State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, chairman of the Senate Energy & Telecommunications Committee. “I am hopeful that this solar array will help us to increase our renewable energy generation while also providing consumers and businesses who choose to take part with a reduction to their energy costs.”