Global manufacturer firm Owens Corning and energy supplier Constellation have teamed up to develop a 2.6MW solar power plant, in New York.

The plant will supply clean energy to the Owens Corning’s thermal and acoustical insulation plant in Delmar, New York.

The company said the plant is scheduled to become operational at the end of this year.

Once it completes, the facility will generate more than 6% of the plant’s annual electricity needs and will support Owens Corning’s 2020 Environmental Footprint Goals for energy use and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

John Becker, Delmar plant leader for Owens Corning said: “The Delmar Plant is committed to environmental sustainability and advancing both our plant and Owens Corning toward our 2020 sustainability goals. In addition, this project is part of our continuing efforts to implement innovative programmes that improve and protect New York State’s environment, and have a positive impact on the state’s economy.”

Constellation will provide financial support as well as EPC services while Owens Corning will purchase the generated electricity from the plant under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Constellation.

Michael D. Smith, Constellation’s vice president of solar and energy efficiency sales said: “Constellation is pleased to support Owens Corning’s commitment to renewable energy. Solar as a power generation source is an attractive option for large-scale manufacturers like Owens Corning to achieve environmental goals and manage electricity costs.”

The project will receive support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under the New York Sun scheme that is expected to add up to 52MW of solar capacity to the New York state.

Francis J. Murray Jr., NYSERDA’s CEO and president said: "NYSERDA is pleased that this public-private partnership under [New York] governor [Andrew] Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative will lead to one of the largest customer-sited solar power projects in the state. This project demonstrates how the NY-Sun initiative is providing the support needed to expand solar power across the state thereby reducing business costs, stimulating economic activity and protecting the environment."

The Delmar PV solar facility will be implemented with approximately 9,000 ground-mounted PV panels located on more than nine acres.

The facility is expected to generate approximately 3.3million kWh of clean electricity annually offsetting about 2,339 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the emissions from 487 passenger vehicles a year, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data for the region.