Saratoga YMCA subscribes to almost 1 MW of community solar
The Saratoga Regional YMCA may be over 150 years old, but its commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship is deeply rooted in the reality of 2021. The organization recently enrolled in the Nexamp Community Solar Program and subscribed to a solar farm in Pendleton, NY and up to 90% of annual electricity usage, generating valuable savings that enable more programming and services in multiple locations.
With a 900 kW subscription, Saratoga Regional YMCA saves up to $13,500 each year through the discounted rate it pays for community solar credits applied to its National Grid accounts, delivering more than a quarter of a million dollars in savings over the course of the contract. realised. Community solar farms generate clean energy that is delivered directly to the grid, earning credits that are allocated to the subscriber base and billed at a fixed discount to create savings for the customer.
“We support more than 25,000 members in the region and provide a wide variety of services focused on general wellness for families and individuals of all ages,” said John Pecora, CFO of the Saratoga Regional YMCA. “As part of our mission, we recognize the importance of a healthy environment and the role of clean energy in making that possible. By participating in a community solar program, we have the dual benefit of saving money that extends our budget, while also participating in growing much-needed clean energy on the grid.”
Four of the five Saratoga Regional YMCA buildings will receive credits through the program. The 6 MW community solar park in Pendleton, like the dozens of other solar parks in New York and hundreds of solar parks nationwide, owned and operated by Nexamp, serves both commercial and residential customers.
“Just as the YMCA serves all residents without discrimination, community solar makes the benefits of clean energy accessible to everyone. We’ve seen that as more and more nonprofits learn about the benefits of the program and how easy it is to get started, they’re realizing how well it fits their missions. It’s just as much about saving money, saving the environment and helping communities invest in a cleaner, more resilient energy grid for the future,” said David Wells, director of community solar at Nexamp in New York.
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