New York coal plant owner plans for one of state’s largest solar farms

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
Source: Flickr/Paul Cooper

Cayuga Operating Company (COC), the owner of a coal-fired plant in Tompkins County, New York, has announced plans to construct one of the state’s largest solar farms for an investment in excess of US$25 million.

The proposed large-scale farm, known as Cayuga Solar, will generate 18MW of electricity upon completion and will be situated on the 175 hectare site in Lansing. The company claims it will create up to 150 jobs during construction phase.

“This project will create an estimated 150 construction jobs and begin to decrease our region’s reliance on conventional sources of energy. The fact that this solar farm is being built at an existing coal plant represents a growing commitment by Cayuga to transition towards cleaner energy,” said New York State senator Pam Helming. “Anytime investments are made to reduce carbon emissions, it is a win for the economic viability of our region and a benefit to the environment. I want to thank and commend Cayuga Operating Company for making this project a reality.”

“The co-location of a large-scale solar farm with an existing coal plant represents the energy transition underway in New York and across the United States,” said Jerry Goodenough, the vice president of Development for Cayuga. “We recognize and embrace the role renewable energy will play in the better energy future we all want for New York, and this project will help keep New York on a path to achieve its stated renewable energy goals. We see Cayuga Solar as an important part of Cayuga’s future commercial viability as well.”

The coal plant owner also confirmed it will be bidding into the upcoming Request for Proposals (RFPs) for large-scale renewable energy purchases by New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), and will also be exploring PPAs for large-scale renewable energy projects.

The development of the Cayuga solar farm is the first phase of COC’s multi-phase development plan that envisions repowering the existing coal plant with natural gas, and ultimately creating an “energy park” on the site to locate manufacturing and other commercial operations.

Read Next

PV Tech Premium
April 27, 2021
The fallout from February’s winter storm in Texas could see new legislation enacted that would shift the cost of ancillary services onto renewable energy projects, potentially derailing solar deployment in a state that is currently on track to surpass California and become the US’ leading PV market. Jules Scully speaks to the market to determine the risk posed to solar as a result.
April 26, 2021
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said more than 20 large-scale renewables projects will be under construction in the state this year, as he announced its latest clean energy solicitation.
April 20, 2021
Amazon has announced plans for nine new utility-scale solar and wind projects in the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and the UK, putting it on track to powering all its activities with renewables by 2025.
April 14, 2021
Meyer Burger is on track to start shipments of its first heterojunction (HJ) solar modules made in Germany to distributors in July.
April 13, 2021
London-based US Solar Fund has launched a placing programme that will be conducted over the next 12 months to help expand its PV portfolio to 543MWdc.
April 8, 2021
The US Department of the Treasury has revealed how new renewable tax incentives will be paid for by a tax raid on the fossil fuel industry, eliminating subsidies for oil and gas companies.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
May 26, 2021
Session 1 - 7:00 AM (BST) | Session 2 - 5:00 PM (BST)
Solar Media Events
June 15, 2021
Solar Media Events
July 6, 2021
Solar Media Events
August 24, 2021