A new 5.6-megawatt community solar project is planned for construction in LeRay, NY. The installation will be built by Nexamp near Black River near Route 3. Upon completion, it’s expected to generate electricity to power upwards of 750 homes. The project will have slots available for consumers to subscribe to and take advantage of the energy produced.
According to Nexamp, a solar energy solutions company, the Black River 5.6-megawatt community solar project is expected to be completed by the spring of 2021. Subscribers will be able to save about 10% on their monthly utility bills. Community solar gives homeowners the option to partake in renewable energy without constructing costly rooftop solar panels.
Nexamp’s project will benefit not just the residents of LeRay, but the entire state of New York. According to Nexamp’s communication manager, Keith Hevenor, the state has in place specific goals for its renewable energy production. Hevenor states that solar rooftop output won’t be enough to reach that goal. Even with hydro and wind energy, Hevenor says that New York will fall short. Community solar is the best large-scale option that will benefit both the people and the state’s renewable energy goals.
The electricity generated by the Black River community solar farm will be directed to National Grid. In turn, Nexamp will receive compensation for the cost of the energy. These credits are then passed on to the community solar subscribers that receive a return on their energy bill. Credits are allocated to homeowners based on how much energy they produce.
Formed in 2007, Nexamp has become a leading provider of community solar solutions. According to the Nexamp official website, homeowners that participate in community solar aren’t locked into an annual contract, aren’t responsible for maintenance of solar panels, and can see a return of $10 a month.