SunEdison Inc. has signed agreements with five municipal entities on New York's Long Island to build seven solar power plants with a combined capacity of 14 MW.
The contracts with towns of Southold and Easthampton, the counties of Nassau and Suffolk, and the Suffolk County Water Authority were awarded under the Long Island Power Authority's (LIPA) 100 MW Clean Solar Initiative feed-in tariff program.
The electricity from the power plants will be sold to PSEG Long Island, the successor to LIPA, through separate 20-year power purchase agreements. TerraForm Power Inc., SunEdison's yieldco affiliate, expects to purchase the projects upon completion. SunEdison will provide operations and maintenance services.
‘LIPA's Clean Solar Initiative program allows communities to benefit from locally generated solar energy, enabling them to better control energy costs,’ says Steve Raeder, SunEdison's managing director of distributed generation for the Eastern U.S. region. ‘This program has been extremely successful and we look forward to developing more projects in Long Island.’