New York procures 22 new large solar projects, some co-located with storage

CS Energy

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on June 2 awards for 22 large-scale solar and energy storage projects that will provide enough clean energy to power more than 620,000 homes in New York. As the largest land-based renewable energy purchase to date, these projects will boost more than $2.7 billion in private investment and create more than 3,000 short- and long-term jobs in the state. These awards accelerate progress to exceed New York’s goal of getting 70% of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030 on the path to a zero-emission grid by 2040, as required by Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. These awards will bolster the state’s current pipeline of renewables to supply more than 66% of New York’s electricity from renewable sources.

The 22 large-scale renewable energy projects per region are:

Capital Region

  • Stern Solar: Stern Solar, a CS Energy subsidiary, will build a 19.99 MW solar project in the town of Schaghticoke, in the province of Rensselaer.
  • Fort Edward Solar Farm: Fort Edward Solar, an affiliate of Boralex, will construct a 100 MW solar project in the cities of Fort Edward and Argyle, Washington County.
  • Scotch Ridge Solar: Scotch Ridge Solar, an affiliate of Nexamp, will construct a 20 MW solar project in the city of Duanesburg, Schenectady County.
  • ELP Stuyvesant Solar: ELP Stuyvesant Solar, a subsidiary of East Light Partners, will construct a 19.99 MW solar project in the city of Stuyvesant, Columbia County.
  • Easton Solar Farm: Easton Solar, an affiliate of Boralex, will construct a 20 MW solar project in the town of Easton, Washington County.
  • ELP Rotterdam Solar: ELP Rotterdam Solar, a subsidiary of East Light Partners, will construct a 19.99 MW solar project in the city of Rotterdam, Schenectady County.

Central New York

  • Harvest Hills Solar 2: ConnectGen Cayuga County, a ConnectGen affiliate, will build a 100 MW solar project in the cities of Genoa and Venice, Cayuga County.
  • SunEast Scipio Solar: SED NY Holdings, a subsidiary of SunEast Development, will construct an 18-MW solar power project in the city of Scipio, Cayuga County.
    Mohawk Valley
  • Mill Point Solar 2: ConnectGen Montgomery County, a ConnectGen affiliate, will build a 100 MW solar project in the city of Glen, Montgomery County.
  • SunEast Flat Creek II Solar: SunEast Flat Creek Solar, a subsidiary of SunEast Development, will construct a 100 MW solar project in the town of Root, Montgomery County.
  • Newport Solar Farm: Newport Deerfield Solar, a subsidiary of Boralex, will construct a 130 MW solar project in the cities of Deerfield, Marcy and Newport, Oneida and Herkimer County.
  • Foothills Solar Farm: Foothills Solar, an affiliate of Boralex, will construct a 40 MW solar project in the town of Mayfield, Fulton County.
  • Columbia Solar Energy Center: Columbia Solar Energy Center, a subsidiary of EDF Renewables, will construct a 350 MW solar project with 20 MW of combined energy storage in the cities of Columbia and Litchfield, Herkimer County.

North country

  • Rich Road Solar Energy Center: Rich Road Solar Energy Center, a subsidiary of EDF Renewables, will construct a 240 MW solar project with 20 MW of co-location storage in the city of Canton, St. Lawrence County.
  • Fort Covington Solar Farm: Fort Covington Solar, an affiliate of Boralex, will construct a 250 MW solar project with 77 MW of co-location storage in the town of Fort Covington, Franklin County.
  • Roosevelt Solar: ReneSola Power Holdings, a ReneSola Power affiliate, will construct a 19.99 MW solar project with 2 MW of co-located storage in the city of Massena, St. Lawrence County.
  • Moss Ridge Solar: Moss Ridge Solar 1, an affiliate of Borrego Solar, will construct a 60 MW solar project in the town of Dekalb, St. Lawrence County.

Southern Level

  • Yellow Barn Solar: Yellow Barn Solar, an affiliate of CS Energy, will construct a 160 MW solar project in the towns of Lansing and Groton, Tompkins County.

Western New York

  • Ridge View Solar Energy Center: Ridge View Solar Energy Center, an affiliate of EDF Renewables, will construct a 350 MW solar project with 20 MW of co-located storage in the city of Hartland, Niagara County.
  • Bear Ridge Solar: Bear Ridge Solar, an affiliate of Cypress Creek Renewables, will construct a 100 MW solar project in the city of Cambria and Pendleton, Niagara County.
  • Alfred Oaks Solar: Alfred Oaks Solar, an affiliate of Northland Power, will construct a 100 MW solar project with 20 MW of co-location storage in the town of Alfred, Allegany County.
  • York Run Solar: York Run Solar, a subsidiary of CS Energy, will construct a 90 MW solar project in the cities of Busti and Kiantone, in Chautauqua County.

With the addition of these new projects, NYSERDA is on track to build a renewable energy pipeline that can power the equivalent of two-thirds of the state. The contracts include an index REC structure to help customers absorb potential spikes in energy prices so that when electricity prices rise, Tier 1 program costs fall. The average bill impact across the state for the typical residential customer will be about $0.13 per month once the projects are up and running. The total project costs, including weighted average all-in development costs of $63.08 per MW-hour, further demonstrate that land-based renewables provide competitively priced renewables with critical benefits to achieving state goals. NYSERDA payments under these awards begin once projects have obtained all required permits and approvals and are operational to power New York.

“With the largest portfolio of projects awarded to date, New York is bolstering an already massive renewable energy pipeline that is positioned to provide increasing amounts of clean and affordable electricity to thousands of families across the state in the coming years,” said Doreen M. Harris, president and CEO of NYSERDA and co-chair of the Climate Action Council. “NYSERDA is committed to working with the award-winning developers, local host governments and community stakeholders throughout the project development process to responsibly position projects, including protecting prime farmland, and ensuring they get to the finish line on time .”

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