The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Nexamp Inc. have announced the completion of Nexamp’s 2.6 MW community solar project in the Town of Seneca, of which 1 MW will be used to provide no-cost solar subscriptions in New York State Electric and Gas Corp.’s (NYSEG) utility territory.
Nexamp Seneca was one of nine projects awarded contracts last December under the first round of the state’s Solar for All program. The project supports Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal and proposed new mandate for 70% of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. It also complements Finger Lakes Forward, the region’s blueprint to generate economic growth and community development.
“As New York builds on its aggressive efforts to combat climate change under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, NYSERDA is proud to be advancing the Solar for All program to make sure our most underserved homeowners and renters have greater access to renewable energy sources like solar,” comments Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA. “Nexamp and other Solar for All developers continue to make solar a reality for more New Yorkers.”
Administered by NYSERDA as part of Cuomo’s $1 billion NY-Sun program, the Solar for All program is designed to provide no-cost community solar to 10,000 low-income homeowners and renters in support of the state’s ongoing efforts to make renewable energy more accessible to all New Yorkers.
Solar For All offers eligible low-income households the opportunity to subscribe to a community solar project in their area without any upfront costs or participation fees. Through the program, the Nexamp Seneca project will reserve approximately 20% of project capacity, up to 1 MW, for eligible homeowners and renters to subscribe. Today’s announcement was made at a ribbon-cutting for the project, which will serve customers in NYSEG’s Central New York region as well as the rest of NYSEG’s utility territory.
“Making the benefits of solar accessible to everyone is core to our mission as a company,” notes Zaid Ashai, CEO of Nexamp, “so being selected as a NYSERDA Solar for All partner is a meaningful achievement for us. New York is leading the way in its commitment to carbon-free electricity, and community solar promises to be a central part of the solution. Deploying local, renewable resources that enable that all residents, regardless of income, to participate and reduce their energy costs is a goal that Nexamp and NYSERDA share.”
Nexamp, which was also awarded a contract in the first round of awards for its 5.6 MW community solar project in the Town of Rochester, expects to have more than 20 community solar farms operating or under construction throughout New York by the end of 2019. The company owns and operates solar projects across the country.