More than 28 municipalities and school districts across Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties in New York are reducing their electricity costs and boosting the state’s clean energy portfolio with solar energy. Standard Solar and U.S. Light Energy (a New York-based distributed developer of solar energy) have completed an 11.52MW-combined solar project to benefit members of the Tri-County Energy Consortium.
“Schools and community play a significant role in reaching students, parents, neighbors and local decision-makers to encourage clean energy action,” says Mike Streams, chief development officer at Standard Solar, the project’s owner and operator. “We’re proud to have provided the funding needed to make this project happen and applaud the Tri-County Energy Consortium for its efforts and commitment to solar.”
“Members of the Consortium will collectively save between $400-$500/k annually from the arrays,” states John Warneck, executive director of the Tri-County Energy Consortium.
The approximately $7.6 million project received more than $1 million in funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through NY-Sun, the state’s signature $1.8 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and make solar energy more accessible to homes, businesses and communities. Each school district participating and each local government will be eligible for savings on their electric bills, based on the amount of electricity they use.
“With their dedication to accelerating the adoption of solar energy, Tri-County Energy Consortium is setting the standard for other communities to follow,” comments Mark Richardson, CEO of U.S. Light Energy, the project’s developer. “This project’s success is underscored by the variety of challenges the team had to overcome, including changes in New York’s solar policy and the pandemic. Kudos to the team and the consortium for persevering and pushing forward a great project helping them create a pathway to achieve their renewable energy goals.”
“Building these projects has been a challenging three-year process,” adds Warneck. “But, even when things looked bleakest, U.S. Light Energy and Standard Solar kept at it and delivered for us. They are great partners.”