State-Backed Solar Project Transforms N.Y. Landfill

On Tuesday, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Onyx Renewable Partners announced the completion of the 2.6 MW solar installation at the City of Saratoga Springs’ former landfill.

According to NYSERDA, the project will help New York meet Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s 50% by 2030 clean energy standard. The project was also supported through NY-Sun, the governor’s $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move the state closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. Since 2011, solar in the state has increased nearly 800% and leveraged nearly $1.5 billion in private investments, according to the agency.

Alicia Barton, president and CEO NYSERDA, said, “Congratulations to the City of Saratoga Springs for having the vision to turn an under-utilized site like its landfill into an environmental and economic success story. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, local communities are leading the way in embracing opportunities like this to improve their environment and fight global climate change at the same time.”

The solar array is comprised of 7,992 solar panels across 14.6 acres on Weibel Avenue, at the site which also serves as the city’s transfer station. The project is expected to generate roughly 3,000 MWh per year, equivalent to the energy used by 370 homes. The project was constructed by Onyx Renewable Partners, a New York-based solar developer.

“Onyx is both excited and thrilled that the solar energy project will not only provide savings for energy usage for the City of Saratoga Springs, but it is also aligned with the city’s commitment to a greener and more efficient future,” said Onyx CEO Matt Rosenblum.

“The city and its residents are excited not only to see land previously used as a landfill turned into an amazing solar facility, but also for the economic and environmental benefits the Spa Solar Park will generate for Saratoga Springs,” said Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan, project leader for the City of Saratoga Springs.

“It’s extremely gratifying to see the plan that we originally crafted come to fruition,” said Sustainable Saratoga Board Chair Harry Moran. “The Spa Solar Park is a great example of how engaged citizens can partner with local government to affect real change in the community. Creatively repurposing a former landfill for renewable energy infrastructure reduces our carbon footprint and dependence on fossil fuels while saving taxpayers money – it’s a huge win for Saratoga Springs.”

Photo courtesy of Onyx Renewable Partners

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