The largest project to date under the NY-Sun initiative has been completed at an Owens Corning insulation plant.
The 2.7MW installation is owned and operated by energy supplier Constellation, which also built the project. It was completed with the help of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under the terms of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NY-Sun programme to build public-private partnerships for solar projects.
Owens Corning will purchase the electricity, which will cover round 6% of the energy needs of its thermal and acoustic insulation plant.
“Nearly two years after Governor Cuomo first announced the NY-Sun initiative, the Owens Corning large-scale solar project is a great example of how public-private partnerships are changing the landscape of New York's clean-energy economy,” said John B. Rhodes, president and CEO, NYSERDA.
“We applaud Owens Corning and Constellation on this NY-Sun milestone achievement. This project is a testament not only to the state's investment in expanding its renewable energy portfolio, but also to its commitment in providing cleaner, more affordable energy for New Yorkers,” he added.
National Grid, the utility serving the plant has previously provided Owens Corning with US$1 million in energy efficiency grants.
Constellation has around 147MW of solar installed across the US and claims to offer projects with no up front fees for its customers.
“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,” said Gary Fromer, senior vice president, energy management programs for Constellation.
Fromer also praised the NY-Sun initiative. The policy was awarded a further US$54 million earlier this year.