New York’s first community solar project is online! The 359-kilowatt solar array will produce power for more than 3 dozen residents in New York’s Tompkins, Steuben and Schuyler counties who have purchased more than 1,100 panels in the project.
The state’s first Shared Solar Project by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), also known as a community solar project, allows multiple people to purchase solar panels that were installed in Trumansburg. The panel owners are credited for the power their panels produce on their monthly electric bills, reducing their bills. The electricity produced by the community solar project is equivalent to the electricity needed by roughly 60 average-sized homes in New York.
"Governor Cuomo's vision for a cleaner energy system for all New Yorkers has taken a huge step forward today. We congratulate all of the partners for making this investment available to residents who otherwise would not have been able to participate in a clean and bill-reducing energy system,” said John Rhodes, CEO of NYSERDA.
The project was built and self-financed by Renovus Solar and received funding through Governor Andrew Cuomo's (D) NY-Sun initiative, which is administered by NYSERDA. NYERDA said the completion of the shared solar project will help New York achieve its renewable energy mandate, which requires the state to source 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels.
"The interconnection of this project is a landmark moment, not only for the dozens of local families who now have access to the many benefits of solar power, but also for New York state as a whole,” said Joe Sliker, CEO of Renovus Solar. “Community shared solar makes renewable energy possible for everyone; people whose homes and sites don't qualify for solar, renters and even low and moderate income families who never thought solar was possible for them. These projects have the potential to be a cornerstone of REV, and we couldn't be more proud to be laying the tracks that will lead New York to a renewable energy future."
The project is the first completed after the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) announced the state's Shared Renewables initiative in July 2015. "The Farm to Table movement in New York is now being joined by 'Farm to Socket' with the introduction of community solar projects under Governor's Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision. The Renovus project is great example of how REV is bringing new and greater energy choices to consumers, including the opportunity to share in the benefits of clean, solar power,” said Audrey Zibelman, DOS CEO.Tweet