DSD completes nine-site community solar portfolio for White Plains, New York

DSD Renewables has completed a 9-site, 6.8-MW community solar portfolio in White Plains, New York. The portfolio consists of canopy, roof and ground installations in four parking garages, Gillie Park, the Ebersole Ice Rink, Gedney Way Recycling Facility, Water Storage Site and the Sanitation Complex. Energy storage systems totaling 1.76 MW/8 MWh were also installed at the Recycling Facility and the Shapham Place parking garage.

White Plains Mayor Roach said, “The city partnered with New York Power Authority (NYPA) and DSD to create a successful 6.8 MW community solar portfolio that will benefit not only today’s residents, but generations to come. -private partnerships will fuel the proliferation of clean energy projects in New York State and create a robust renewable energy market. I am grateful to NYPA and DSD for their advice and collaboration during this project.”

The city, as well as residents and local businesses subscribed to the community solar project, will receive a 10% discount on credits applied to their utility bills. Between energy cost savings and lease payments to host the systems, the installations are expected to bring approximately $1 million in value to the City of White Plains annually.

The projects included several infrastructure improvements, such as a new roof for the Ebersole ice rink and an innovative, enclosed solar canopy storage for the water department, avoiding significant capital expenditures by the city. The canopies in many locations feature a patented integrated water management system that manages water from rain and melting snow.

Gedney Way Recycling Facility Solar Plant

At the Gedney Way Recycling Facility, DSD’s innovative canopy team designed the first floating foundation canopy mounted on a dump cap. In addition, two canopy systems at the site include side walls to store and protect urban equipment.

“We are honored to be part of a portfolio that has been so profound for the City of White Plains,” said David Eisenbud, Senior Director of Business Development for DSD’s Origination group. “Our expertise and design capabilities have enabled us to meet the challenges of delivering clean energy systems, with such significant energy capacity, to a dense urban area. This unique portfolio positions the city as a leader in solar energy adoption and show other communities what is possible when it comes to clean energy.”

NYPA is the acting energy consultant for the project, overseeing to ensure it is well structured and maximizes energy, environmental and economic benefits for White Plains. NYPA also assisted the city with the competitive bidding process to select a qualified supplier for the expanded citywide project.

“The New York Power Authority is pleased to have played a key role in helping the City of White Plains create a comprehensive, unique portfolio of solar and storage systems that provide renewable energy to reduce the region’s carbon footprint,” said Justin E. Driscoll, NYPA Interim President and CEO. “As the commercial hub of Westchester County, White Plains is an example to other communities looking to develop alternative clean energy options. Hopefully, other municipalities will follow suit and help our state further advance its bold climate action goals.”

Boston based Perch Energywhich has enabled more than 8,100 community solar subscriptions and generated millions in customer savings, will manage the community solar subscriptions.

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