Mayor Madden Announces Completion of 2.6 Megawatt Solar Project Expansion

Mayor Madden Announces Completion of 2.6 Megawatt Solar Project Expansion

Expanded array consists of 8,000 solar panels constructed on 14.5 acres of Troy’s former landfill site1

Expansion adds 2.6 megawatts (MW) to existing 2.1 MW network to meet nearly half of City’s annual municipal electric needs

Renewable energy estimated to save on City’s municipal energy costs over the next decade

TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden has announced the completion of Phase II of the City’s solar energy array, the latest renewable energy achievement for the Collar City since 2016. Constructed on the former City landfill site, the expanded array consists of 8,000 solar panels on 14.5 acres capable of producing approximately 2.6 MW of electric energy.

The Troy solar project was also made possible through a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) which offsets energy costs throughout the term of the PPA at no cost to city taxpayers. The City’s solar project was developed with $780,000 in support from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) NY-Sun Program. NY-Sun, New York State’s $1.8 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar, offers resources and assistance to make solar energy more accessible to homes, businesses and communities across New York.

Mayor Madden said, “Completion of the City’s solar project is another major milestone in our efforts to build a more sustainable community through renewable energy opportunities. Local communities like Troy are on the frontlines of combating climate change and building a cleaner, greener future. Thank you to our project collaborators at NextEra Energy Resources and NYSERDA for their assistance in bringing this important project to completion for the benefit of all Trojans.”

Phase II of the project added 2.6 MW to the existing 2.1 MW system which will meet nearly half of the City’s annual municipal electric needs. The expanded solar project is anticipated to generate significant savings for the City on municipal energy costs over the next decade. Phase I of the City’s solar project, a 2.1 MW solar network that included over 6,700 panels across six locations within and outside Troy, was completed in 2018.

Doreen Harris, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Congratulations to the City of Troy on the completion of their solar project, which is now bringing clean, renewable energy from the sun to more residents, as well as lowering municipal energy costs. The City’s commitment to advancing the use of renewable energy on otherwise underutilized property helps to shrink their carbon footprint while helping move us closer to achieving the State’s climate and clean energy goals as we fight against climate change.”

Matt Ulman, Vice President of Distributed Generation for NextEra Energy Resources said, “Brownfield projects are among our most gratifying because they allow otherwise unusable land to be utilized to generate clean energy as well as savings on energy costs. We’re thrilled about New York’s support for clean energy and look forward to bringing even more projects online in the Empire state.”

Completion of the City’s solar array network expansion is the latest sustainability and climate resiliency initiative by the City, including installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, use of alternative fuel vehicles for municipal business, and streamlining approval of local solar projects.

Previously, the City of Troy was designated a Clean Energy Community by NYSERDA in recognition of the City’s leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs, and driving clean energy locally. The designation made Troy eligible for $180,000 toward clean energy projects, with no local cost share.

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