8 pollinator-friendly community solar projects now in construction in New York
Eden Renewables has begun construction on eight new community solar parks developed by the company in New York’s capital.
The solar parks are located in the towns of Claverack, Glen, Schaghticoke and Schodack. Each project will have an installed capacity of 7.5 MW. In total, they will add 60 MW of solar power in New York.
The projects will also benefit pollinators with a mixture of native wildflowers, hedges and grasses sown as ground cover at each site – with more than 280 hectares being used cumulatively for ecological and biodiversity improvements. With each solar park totaling approximately 35 acres, more than 35 million new pollinator-friendly flowering plants and native grasses will thrive beneath and around the panels.
“The past two years have been quite a challenge for everyone. We are delighted that these solar farms have broken new ground and will soon provide clean, low-cost power to their host communities,” said Giovanni Maruca, Eden’s Chief Development Officer. “The community solar farms of Eden are a great example of how land can be used for multiple purposes: generating clean power, providing habitats for wildlife, services for pollinators and producing food from grazing sheep and beehives that make honey. Soon there will be butterflies fluttering, birds singing and bees buzzing around newly planted photovoltaic panels, helping locals save money on their energy bills.”
Eden is known for its pioneering educational and community benefits. Through the Eden Education program, students planning to study green STEAM subjects can apply for scholarships to fund their studies. To date, the company has awarded $17,000 in scholarships to students in New York’s Argyle, Duanesburg, Fonda-Fultonville, Hoosic Valley, Hudson, and Maple Hill High Schools
Maruca added: “The Eden Education Program ensures that young people most directly affected by the future impacts of climate change receive support, enabling them to be part of the solution. With our Green STEAM Scholarship, Eden aims to increase its environmental workforce to meet the growing demand for green careers as the US transitions to a clean energy economy.”
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