Counties across New York have been joining the push toward solar energy. Along with two community solar projects completed in Ulster county, the second-largest project in the state was revealed to have been installed in Lewis County.
U.S. Light Energy and its partners were responsible for installing the 7.2-megawatt project. The Denmark Community Solar Project is mounted on the ground and is overseen by Standard Solar. The new community solar project is the second of U.S. Light Energy’s completed systems and was installed in the Town of Denmark. President and CEO Mark Richardson announced the completed solar farm, touting the importance of renewable energy and low-cost electricity for subscribers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Electricity produced by the Denmark Community Solar Project will span the National Grid’s current network of customers. Such a system is important, as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory explains, because roof-installed solar panels aren’t available to nearly half the United States. These projects offer those residents the opportunity to take part in renewable energy options.
Town of Denmark supervisor James Der hopes that the second-largest solar project will inspire additional projects down the line. U.S. Light Energy’s solar farm is the first to be installed in Lewis County and is expected to produce 8.9 million kilowatts/hour every year. To make the project possible, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided funding as part of an initiative from Governor Cuomo.
President and CEO of Standard Solar, Scott Wiater, touched on the importance of projects like the U.S. Light Energy community solar farm, calling them the “backbone” of providing clean, renewable energy to residential and commercial customers.
In February 2018, Daroga Solar launched what is currently New York’s largest community solar project. That farm is capable of producing 1.2-megawatts and, at the time of coming online, had maxed out its customers with 196 subscribers.