Nine new projects overseen by the City of White Plains will add more than 6-megawatts of energy to Westchester County community solar options. The portfolio will add three times the amount of renewable energy generated throughout the entire county and will be the largest clean energy facility in a municipality of Westchester. Currently, the project is expected to be completed by autumn 2021.
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) advised the new Westchester County community solar projects. NYPA holds its offices in White Plains and will provide the municipality with a well-structured, environmentally-sound facility. The hope is that the portfolio will provide the city and its residents with the best economic and environmental benefits throughout its lifetime.
NYPA worked with the Department of Public Works to create a Request for Proposals to lease the city’s land for development of future solar installations. The partnership was able to solicit more than 100 developers and wound up choosing Distributed Solar Development (DSD). DSD will work with Con Edison to manage the portfolio and help deliver clean energy to homeowners throughout White Plains.
Development of the Westchester County community solar facilities is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state-wide goal of developing at least 6,000-megawatts of solar facilities by 2025. The push is to help generate enough energy that homeowners throughout the state will have access to renewable, low-cost power. This collection of nine projects includes rooftop, ground-mounted, and canopy installations built at four parking garages, Gillie Park, Gedney Way Recycling Facility, the Ebersole Ice Rinke, the Water Department, and Sanitation Complex.
Not only will White Plains house the largest community solar development in Westchester County, but it was also the first city in New York to adopt the Unified Solar Permit. The permit was responsible for expediting solar development permits for residential facilities. Three years later, in 2017, the city became a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research Development Authority.