Seneca County Municipal Solar Project will Save the County over $1 Million

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This week, the switch will be flipped on an 845kW municipal solar project in Romulus, New York. Located on the grounds of the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center, the project will provide 79% of the facility’s power and thereby save the county over $1,000,000 on its electric bill through a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with project developer and financier Spear Point. In addition, the solar array will contribute $225,000 over 25 years to the local economy in operations and maintenance expenditures and $40,000 in taxes paid to Seneca County.

 

This week, solar project developer and financier Spear Point Energy will flip the switch on an 845kW municipal solar project in Romulus, New York. The ground-mounted solar installation, located on the grounds of the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center, will provide 79% of the facility’s power and thereby save the county over $1,000,000 on its electric bill through a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Spear Point. In addition, the solar array will contribute $225,000 over 25 years to the local economy in operations and maintenance expenditures and $40,000 in taxes paid to Seneca County.

County Sheriff Jack Stenberg commented: “Seneca County will benefit tremendously from going solar. By using solar power, we are not dependent on other sources to produce electricity. We can also reduce our County taxpayer burden and fund important programs like the Childcare Assistance and Veteran’s Service program.”

“This important project will dramatically cut energy costs for Seneca County and help to reduce the burden on our local, hardworking taxpayers,” added New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio. “It is vital that we reduce our dependence on foreign oil and support sustainable forms of energy that can be produced right here in our local community. As State Senator, I have been a strong supporter of numerous job-creating solar energy projects and I will continue my aggressive efforts to support new initiatives that help to reduce the burden on our taxpayers and create well paying jobs.”

The Seneca solar project was selected and funded through the NY-Sun Competitive Photovoltaic Program, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). NY-Sun is an initiative launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo to spur significant growth in the state’s solar industry. The project took only six months to complete from initial permitting, design, and engineering to final construction.

“The Seneca County solar project highlights the opportunity for municipalities under Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative to reduce their energy costs while demonstrating their commitment to protecting the environment,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO of NYSERDA. “At the same time, this project expands New York State’s clean energy economy and increases the availability of clean, renewable energy, making it a model that we hope other municipalities will follow.”

An official ribbon-cutting event will take place at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center on Friday, December 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. ET.