For a community solar program to work, it requires subscriptions from both residential homes and large-scale operations. For Nexamp, a recent change in New York community solar subscribers has further ensured its programs’ success. KPH Healthcare Services, the parent company of HealthDirect Pharmacy Services, Noble Specialty Pharmacy, Kinnect Clinical Care Pharmacy, and Kinney Drugs, has confirmed that it is enrolling in Nexamp’s community solar option.
KPH made the decision under the advisement of Power Management Company of Rochester to reduce power costs and support local renewable energy projects.
Nexamp has several community solar locations around New York, and KPH will be drawing energy from the Madison and Chemung county farms. Being part of this program will allow KPH to offset the cost of its power bills by using solar energy generated at the gardens. Currently, the sites are still under construction, having begun in 2020. They have a spring 2021 completion date, barring further delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the Madison and Chemung sites, KPH is the anchor subscriber for three farms, accounting for 40% of their solar output.
Though KPH’s subscription to the New York community solar option will benefit the community and help the state reach a net-zero emissions goal, Nexamp and the healthcare services company have agreed upon an additional perk. While KPH is associated with the solar farm, Nexamp will work to provide the company’s employees and customers some of the same cost-saving benefits.
According to KPH VP of Financial Planning and Treasury, Michael Burgess, the company has been eyeing projects to help the community. Burgess explained that KPH landed on the solar option because the benefits community solar provides the environment best lined up with KPH’s values.
The healthcare services company is expected to start drawing power and benefiting from cost savings in the fall of 2020. KPH’s decision comes shortly after the Albany Medical Center also enrolled with Nexamp’s New York community solar program.