A new Westchester community solar project is on the horizon thanks to an Elmsford real estate developer and a national solar company. Robert Martin Company and G&S Solar are joining together to provide the city of Westchester with a new solar initiative intended to provide affordable renewable energy to its residents and small businesses.
Robert Martin Company currently owns 6-million square feet of property and oversees 60 properties. By partaking in the Westchester community solar project, it’s opening up opportunities for its residents to participate in solar generation. Along with the G&S Solar partnership, Robert Martin is in the process of installing new panels on its properties as a means of launching the new program.
Sustainable Westchester, a non-profit, is at the heart of the partnership between Robert Martin and G&S. Guiding the new community solar program, Sustainable Westchester hopes to expand opportunities for sustainable living to homeowners and businesses that can’t afford the cost of private solar panels.
Initial projects associated with the partnership include Cross-Westchester Executive Park in Elmsford, a 1.3 million-square-foot installation. Additionally, there is Mid-Westchester Executive Park in Hawthorne which spans 770,000 square feet.
Con Edison is also taking part in the project to help guide the manufacturing of the installations. Robert Martin Vice President Jeremy Frank explained that the partnership is setting its expectations high. The hope is to generate over 10-megawatts of clean, renewable energy when the proposed projects are completed. That would be enough to power 1,700 homes.
The main concern that drove the partnership were the environmental issues faced throughout New York. Tim Jones, CEO of Robert Martin, commented on the project’s ambitious size but feels the company’s “community first” focus will help drive its success.
The new Westchester community solar project comes just weeks after Gov. Anthony Cuomo revealed the city’s first solar project in Yorktown Heights. The Yorktown Heights installation features 1,500 panels and Tesla Powerpack batteries that work to reduce the cost of power for more than 150 residents in New York City and Westchester County.