NYPA Press Release

NYPA Invites Westchester Municipalities and Schools to Partner on Solar Projects


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Community Solar Partnership Symposium Will Be Feb. 26 in White Plains


Local governments, school districts and not-for-profit agencies in Westchester are invited to attend a Community Solar Partnership Symposium on Feb. 26 to learn about how to better access affordable clean solar energy.


The free event, presented by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Westchester County, will inform local entities about the benefits of community solar and encourage participation in an aggregated portfolio for a cost-effective way to provide more renewable energy to communities. New York State incentives are also available for eligible community distributed generation projects, which allow electricity customers to buy into a renewable project in their area and get credit on their monthly utility bill.


“Communities can share in the benefits of solar power by collaborating with the Power Authority and participating in combined energy portfolios that will have aggregated benefits,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “NYPA can issue a competitive solicitation on behalf of a municipality or entity and help develop more affordable projects. Participants gain financial advantages, create cleaner communities, and support local and state environmental goals.”


NYPA’s Clean Energy Solutions works with local communities to streamline the development, procurement and implementation process of solar and other community distributed generation projects.


Westchester County Executive George Latimer and White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach will speak about their ongoing clean energy projects developed in partnership with NYPA. NYPA is assisting with both solar projects that combine multiple properties so the communities can benefit from substantial earning rate differentials, ease of procurement, vetting of the selected installer, and streamlined project management.


“As we face the existential crisis of Climate Change, it is on all of us to make changes in our lifestyles,” said County Executive Latimer. “While working with NYPA, Westchester is looking for both short and long term solutions to lessen our overall climate impact to benefit us all. This forum is a great chance for all in attendance to learn how they can pitch in.”


"As most people have come to recognize, we are in a climate crisis,” said Mayor Roach. “It is incumbent on all of us to do what we can to reduce our reliance on carbon-based fuels. Utilizing the clean energy advisory resources and turnkey solutions provided by NYPA enabled the City to advance a Community Solar RFP. Ultimately, this program will provide tremendous environmental, financial, and social benefits for the City of White Plains and its residents."


The forum supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal, a nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda that strives to achieve 100 percent clean electricity by 2040.


Participants will learn about community distributed generation, market trends and Westchester County’s community solar plan. They can also learn and confer with representatives of other municipalities, although attendance is not necessary to participate in the partnership.


The event will be from 9-11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at the New York Power Authority offices in White Plains.

Register online or contact Vennela Yadhati at solar@nypa.gov.


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