New York community solar is expected to receive a boost in its renewable energy output thanks to Abundant Solar Power, Inc. The solar developer is in talks to construct a 2.5-megawatt, 24-acre alternating current (AC) solar array. It became one step closer to kickstarting the project when the Board of Directors of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) approved incentives provided by the project. Upon completion, the project will provide the Town of Portland and its surrounding communities with a clean energy option.
Formed in 2016, Abundant is based out of Rochester, NY, and focuses primarily on building new community solar projects. With its portfolio, Abundant caters to customers that can’t afford costly solar panels. The projects are built through Abundant’s construction branch, Abundant Construction. When the projects are finished, Abundant manages the sites and ensures they remain running.
The new New York community solar project is another in Abundant’s growing portfolio of projects. The company’s director of business development, Rachel Clar, confirmed that Abundant manages four arrays throughout the Rochester area and Steuben County has a fifth one under construction. Along with the project expected to provide renewable energy options to Portland, Abundant also has more than a dozen solar projects in development.
According to Clar, community solar and solar arrays turn sunshine into money. She described the solar industry as one that provides an essential service, and the addition of a new project amid a pandemic solidifies that notion.
With final approval, the community solar project will be located at 5771 Route 20 in the Town of Portland. Legislator Mark Odell (R) described the project, stating it’s hidden and is not visible from Route 20.
Abundant hopes to close on the new array before the fourth quarter of 2020 so that construction can begin before the year’s end.