EDF Renewables begins construction of community solar projects in NY

EDF Renewables

EDF Renewables North America, a leading independent power producer and service provider with deep expertise in renewable energy, announced this Wednesday it started the construction of three community solar projects in central New York.

Firstly, the projects will deliver up to 16,4 megawatts of clean energy to customers of National Grid, in central New York. These three projects are part of the first phase of a 50MW Community Solar project portfolio.

Moreover, the portfolio will consist of eight projects in the towns of Vernon, Verona, Oswegatchie, Frankfort, and Rosendale. National Grid’s customers who enroll in these three projects will receive renewable energy at a guaranteed discount over the standard electricity costs.

In addition, the development of the projects comes under the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act; which empowers every citizen in the state to fight climate change.

In fact, the ambitious plan sets New York State goals of 100% zero-emission electricity by 2040; reduced emissions by at least 85% below 1990 levels by 2050. Consequently, the 50MW portfolio will further push the state to meet its climate goals.

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EDF Renewables pushing N.Y. further into its climate goals

Furthermore, the portfolio will produce enough clean electricity to power 8,200 average New York homes. This is equivalent to avoiding 40,000 metric tons of CO2 annually or removing 9,000 cars from the road.

About the relevance of the portfolio, Margaret Campbell, Senior Business Development Manager at EDF Renewables, said. “EDF Renewables is excited to bring renewable energy to New York and appreciates the collaboration of the communities in which we work to help us build Community Solar projects that support New York climate goals.”

She also remarked. “Now that New York Governor Kathy Hochul has expanded goals for the installation of distributed solar from 6 gigawatts (GW) to at least 10 GW by 2030, EDF Renewables is similarly expanding our efforts to bring clean renewable distributed solar projects to help power New York.”

Finally, the Climate Act will transform how every New Yorker generates and uses electricity; the way they heat their homes, and how they commute to work and school.

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