Governor Kathy Hochul’s announcement on June 2 of 22 large-scale solar and energy storage projects for the state of New York means that the state, effectively, will efficiently deliver enough clean, affordable energy to power over 620,000 New York homes for at least 20 years .
3,000 Short- & Long-Term Jobs Across the State: Green Jobs
It is the state’s largest land-based renewable energy procurement to date. It has been projected that the projects will create over 3,000 short- and long-term jobs across the state.
Investment Creating New Jobs
New York’s advancement of renewable energy has resulted in significant private investment with these projects. Over $2.7 billion in private investment has come in, supporting new jobs and economic development for local communities that will reach more than 30 counties across the state.
Exceeds 70% of the State’s Target for Electricity from Renewable Sources by 2030
The governor’s announcement would likely lead to New York exceeding its goal of obtaining 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 on the path to a zero-emission grid by 2040. This meets and goes that much further than what is required by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The state currently has a pipeline of renewable energy projects that would see renewables powering over 66% of New York’s electricity from renewable sources.
Doreen M. Harris explains the expanse of the work: “With the largest portfolio of projects awarded to date, New York is strengthening an already massive renewable energy pipeline that is positioned to deliver increasing amounts of clean and affordable electricity to thousands of families across the families state for years to come. NYSERDA is committed to working with the awarded developers, local host governments and community stakeholders throughout the project development process to responsibly site projects, including the protection of prime agricultural land, and ensure that they cross the finish line on time.”
Reduces Carbon Emissions by More than 2.2 Million Metric Tons Annually
The results show the fresh reality of transitioning from pollution to environmental protection — equivalent to taking more than 492,000 cars off the road every year. Six of the awarded projects will also be paired with energy storage facilities. The storage facility will stabilize the grid, comprising 159 megawatts of utility-scale energy storage capacity. That will add to the integration of renewable energy resources onto the electric grid.
The 22 large-scale renewable energy projects by the region are:
- Stern Solar: Stern Solar LLCa CS Energy affiliate, will build a 19.99-megawatt solar facility in the town of Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County.
- Fort Edward Solar Farm: Fort Edward Solar LLCa Boralex affiliate, will build a 100-megawatt solar facility in the towns of Fort Edward and Argyle, Washington County.
- Scotch Ridge Solar: Scotch Ridge Solar LLCa Nexamp affiliate, will build a 20-megawatt solar facility in the town of Duanesburg, Schenectady County.
- ELP Stuyvesant Solar: ELP Stuyvesant Solar LLCan East Light Partners affiliate, will build a 19.99-megawatt solar facility in the town of Stuyvesant, Columbia County.
- Easton Solar Farm: Easton Solar LLCa Boralex affiliate, will build a 20-megawatt solar facility in the town of Easton, Washington County.
- ELP Rotterdam Solar: ELP Rotterdam Solar LLCan East Light Partners affiliate, will build a 19.99-megawatt solar facility in the town of Rotterdam, Schenectady County.
Central New York
- Harvest Hills Solar 2: ConnectGen Cayuga County LLCa ConnectGen affiliate, will build a 100-megawatt Solar facility in the towns of Genoa and Venice, Cayuga County.
- SunEast Scipio Solar: SED NY Holdings LLCa SunEast Development affiliate, will build an 18-megawatt Solar facility in the town of Scipio, Cayuga County.
- Mill Point Solar 2: ConnectGen Montgomery County LLCa ConnectGen affiliate, will build a 100-megawatt Solar facility in the town of Glen, Montgomery County.
- SunEast Flat Creek II Solar: SunEast Flat Creek Solar LLCa SunEast Development affiliate, will build a 100-megawatt Solar facility in the town of Root, Montgomery County.
- Newport Solar Farm: Newport Deerfield Solar LLCa Boralex affiliate, will build a 130-megawatt Solar facility in the towns of Deerfield, Marcy and Newport, Oneida and Herkimer County.
- Foothills Solar Farm: Foothills Solar LLCa Boralex affiliate, will build a 40-megawatt Solar facility in the town of Mayfield, Fulton County.
- Columbia Solar Energy Center: Columbia Solar Energy Center LLCan EDF Renewables affiliate, will build a 350-megawatt Solar facility with 20 megawatts of co-located energy storage in the towns of Columbia and Litchfield, Herkimer County.
- Rich Road Solar Energy Center: Rich Road Solar Energy Center LLC, an EDF Renewables affiliate, will build a 240-megawatt Solar facility with 20 megawatts of co-located Storage in the town of Canton, St. Lawrence County.
- Fort Covington Solar Farm: Fort Covington Solar LLCa Boralex affiliate, will build a 250-megawatt Solar facility with 77 megawatts of co-located Storage in the town of Fort Covington, Franklin County.
- Roosevelt Solar: ReneSola Power Holdings LLC, a ReneSola Power affiliate, will build a 19.99-megawatt Solar facility with 2 megawatts of co-located Storage in the town of Massena, St. Lawrence County.
- Moss Ridge Solar: Moss Ridge Solar 1 LLC, a Borrego Solar affiliate, will build a 60-megawatt Solar facility in the town of Dekalb, St. Lawrence County.
- Yellow Barn Solar: Yellow Barn Solar LLCa CS Energy affiliate, will build a 160-megawatt Solar facility in the towns of Lansing and Groton, Tompkins County.
Western New York
- Ridge View Solar Energy Center: Ridge View Solar Energy Center, LLCan EDF Renewables affiliate, will build a 350-megawatt Solar facility with 20 megawatts of co-located Storage in the town of Hartland, Niagara County.
- Bear Ridge Solar: Bear Ridge Solar LLCa Cypress Creek Renewables affiliate, will build a 100-megawatt Solar facility in the town of Cambria and Pendleton, Niagara County.
- Alfred Oaks Solar: Alfred Oaks Solar LLCa Northland Power affiliate, will build a 100-megawatt Solar facility with 20 megawatts of co-located Storage in the town of Alfred, Allegany County.
- York Run Solar: York Run Solar LLCa CS Energy affiliate, will build a 90-megawatt Solar facility in the towns of Busti and Kiantone, Chautauqua County.
The press release also shares the following:
Investing in Marginalized Communities
“Through the newly awarded projects, developers have committed $86 million in investments in disadvantaged groups throughout the state, including community-based investments such as new occupational apprentice nearly scholarships, scholarship programs, and summer camps focused on supporting local disadvantaged communities. Additionally, all developers have committed to ensuring that workers associated with the construction of projects are paid a prevailing wage, a standard set by the NYS Department of Labor.”
Cutting Costs for New Yorkers
“The contracts include an index REC structure to help cushion customers against potential spikes in energy prices so that when electricity prices rise Tier 1 program costs go down. The average statewide bill impact for the typical residential customer will be approximately $0.13 per month once the projects are in operation. Total project costs, including a weighted-average all-in development cost of $63.08 per megawatt-hour, further demonstrate that land-based renewables yield competitively priced renewable energy resources with critical benefits toward the achievement of the state’s goals. NYSERDA payments under these awards will begin once projects have obtained all required permits and approvals and have become operational to power New York.
“These newly awarded projects will add to New York’s robust pipeline of large-scale renewable energy projects moving towards operation, comprised of over 120 solar, land-based wind and offshore wind projects under development that will deliver over 14,200 megawatts of clean power to the grid when completed – enough to power nearly five and a half million New York homes. The State’s commitment to building out new green energy transmission, led by 250 miles of new major upgrades already underway throughout the state, with recently announced Clean Path New York and Champlain Hudson Power Express green energy infrastructure projects, will allow the current pipeline of renewables to power over 66 percent of New York’s electricity from renewable sources once operational.”
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