U.S. Light Energy, a New York solar energy company specializing in community solar project development, and its project partners completed the 7.2-MW Denmark Community Solar Project in Lewis County, New York.
U.S. Light Energy developed the ground-mount system and it will be owned and operated by Standard Solar. This project went live on February 27, 2020, and is the second-largest community solar system in the state. The array is producing more than 8.9 million kWh of clean energy annually.
“We are incredibly excited to announce that our second community solar project in New York State is now operational and producing power for its subscribers,” said Mark Richardson, president and CEO of U.S. Light Energy. “Providing clean renewable energy to New York state residents, farms and businesses during this time of crisis is more important than ever and we look forward to bringing more projects online in 2020 and into the future.”
As part of New York State’s Community Solar Program, the electricity generated by the Denmark Community Solar Project can be supplied to customers anywhere in National Grid’s existing distribution system. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), about half of the country can’t install rooftop solar panels, and community solar gives customers that fall into that category a way to take advantage of the benefits of clean energy.
“The Town of Denmark is pleased to be partnered with U.S. Light Energy in Lewis County’s first community solar project,” said James Der, supervisor for the Town of Denmark. “Supplying clean, renewable energy to the residents of the town is a pleasure. Being the front runner, we hope to set an example for future projects not only in our town but the rest of the county and surrounding areas.”
“As Lewis County continues to be a leader in renewable energy, we are pleased to see the completion of this project that not only provides the benefit of clean energy for our residents and businesses but also provides economic opportunities for our communities,” said Brittany Davis, executive director, Lewis County Economic Development/IDA.
This project received funding from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, which is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
“Now, more than ever before, it’s especially important that community solar projects are operating and generating clean energy for the community,” said Scott Wiater, president and CEO of Standard Solar. “Partnerships are the backbone of success, and we’re privileged to have financed and now own and operate this landmark project made possible by U.S. Light Energy and the state of New York.”
News item from Standard Solar