FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2013
Solar Liberty Awarded 6.5 Megawatts of Solar Power Projects by NYSERDA
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Buffalo-based Solar Liberty has been awarded 6.5 megawatts of solar power projects by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
On March 14, 2013, NYSERDA completed Round 2 of The New York Sun Competitive Photovoltaic (PV) Program, Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 2589 and named Solar Liberty as the solar installer for four large-scale installations. Cummins Inc. Jamestown Engine Plant (2MW, Roof Mount System), Wegmans (536.31kW, Roof Mount System) and two additional 2MW customers will partner with Solar Liberty on these solar projects. All of these solar energy sites are pending final approval of permitting and additional NYSERDA requirements. Some projects taking full advantage of this construction season may be on line by the end of the year, but most are expected to be completed in the first half of next year.
Solar Liberty President, Adam K. Rizzo said, “With support from Governor Cuomo and funding from NYSERDA, large-scale photovoltaic projects have now become a reality. As we celebrate our ten year anniversary this year, we are excited about the future of renewable energy in the Western New York area and across New York State.”
The NY-Sun Competitive PV Program provides incentives for PV systems larger than 50 kilowatts. Funding per project is capped at $3 million, and all projects require co-funding to leverage state resources.
Cummins Inc. Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP) Director of Manufacturing Engineering and Facilities Randal Myers said, “We’re pleased to partner with Solar Liberty to install a 2MW solar system upon our 1 million square foot roof. Environmental sustainability is a Core Value for Cummins. This sustainability commitment has been demonstrated in meeting the stringent emission requirements for the heavy duty 11, 12 and 15 liter diesel engines produced at JEP as well as reducing energy usage within the operation. Generating a significant amount of renewable energy at the facility is an exciting opportunity.”
Future site of 2MW solar array at JEP
The projects are meant to produce power for on-site use, not for direct sale to utilities. Under certain circumstances, however, unused power can be added to the grid in exchange for future credit.
“NYSERDA’s announcement of the 2MW large-scale photovoltaic installation at the Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP) of Cummins Engine is a great success story for our County. Bill Daly, Administrative Director of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) made the connection between JEP and Solar Liberty after hearing of the potential for a NYSERDA award from Solar Liberty”, said Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards. He continued, “Solar Liberty has been a loyal participant in our annual Chautauqua County Energy Conference & Expo held here each fall. This very substantial renewable energy project is just one more example of our IDA doing great work with our local businesses!”
The deadline for the Third and Final Round of the PON 2589 Program is August 29, 2013. Additional information on the program details can be found at www.ny-sun.ny.gov.
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About Solar Liberty
Founded in 2003, Solar Liberty installs grid-tied photovoltaic solar energy systems for government, nonprofit, education, commercial, and residential customers. Solar Liberty is committed to creating turnkey renewable energy solutions with high-quality components. In 2012 NYSERDA and the Department of Energy awarded the “Outstanding Achievement Award” to Solar Liberty for being the Largest Solar Electric Installer in New York State. Visit www.solarliberty.com for more information.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975