Renewable energy development company SunEdison has signed off on deals with five municipal groups on Long Island, New York, to build seven solar installations for a total of 14MW.

Power generated by these plants will be sold to utility Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) through separate 20-year power purchase agreements. The deals with the town of Southold, town of Easthampton, Nassau County, Suffolk County and the Suffolk County Water Authority were handed out as part of the LIPA's 100MW Clean Solar Initiative Feed-In Tariff program.

Steve Raeder, managing director of Eastern USA distributed generation for SunEdison, said: "LIPA's Clean Solar Initiative program allows communities to benefit from locally generated solar energy, enabling them to better control energy costs. This program has been extremely successful and we look forward to developing more projects in Long Island."

Raeder added: "And with the new NYSERDA block incentive program and the governor's Reforming the Energy Vision plan, we can replicate our success in Long Island and bring clean, affordable solar energy to customers across the entire state of New York."

The installations are expected to generate enough energy to power over 1,000 homes and will create an estimated 100 jobs in the Long Island area.

The plants are on the Call Right Projects List for SunEdison's yieldco affiliate, TerraForm Power. TerraForm is expected to purchase the sites upon completion. 

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