During a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Yorktown Heights, Westchester County, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled the first community solar energy storage facility for the State of New York. Built by IPPsolar, LLC, the rooftop solar project is a 557-kilowatt installation made up of approximately 1,500 panels. It is accompanied by a 490-kilowatt, four-hour Tesla Powerpack to store energy for future use. Urstadt Biddle Properties, Inc., will operate the facilities while they’re active.
In an announcement made by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the projects were described as a milestone for the state. Their primary purpose is to reduce electricity costs in nearly 150 residents in New York and Westchester County. The 557-kilowatt community solar energy storage installation will also power 12 Tesla vehicle charging stations.
This project’s completion is part of Cuomo’s goal to develop enough solar facilities to generate more than 5,000-megawatts of renewable energy by 2025. His plan also calls for 3,000-megawatts built by 2030. Cuomo discussed the renewable project, stating it was a step forward in advancing the economy for clean energy.
To fund the community solar energy storage facility, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), provided upwards of $800,000. The money was secured through the Retail Energy Storage and NY-Sun programs. NYSERDA will provide subscribers with a 10% savings on monthly utility bills over a 25 year period.
This facility is just once step the state has taken to drive solar energy. CEO and acting President of NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, stated that community solar has taken hold as a popular energy option in the state. It allows homeowners to benefit from solar energy without having to build private panels on their homes.
IPPsolar is a commercial and industrial solar installation and financing company that has been working with New York since 2013. Urstadt Biddle worked with IPP to bring its first solar installation to the state and has had its own hand in helping New York’s solar initiative.