Solar developer Sol Systems has completed a 5-MW bifacial solar array in Penfield, New York, for the Monroe County Water Authority (MCWA).
The installation of the new solar array, located on the Water Authority’s property at the corner of Penfield Road and Watson Hulbert Road, is part of the Water Authority’s long-term goal to reduce energy expenses. The array is expected to generate 8 million kWh of electricity per year, which represents more than 15% of MCWA’s energy needs for water pumping and treatment.
“Reliably providing quality, affordable water is our top priority. MCWA should realize substantial savings over the course of this 25-year contract, helping keep water rates affordable,” said MCWA Executive Director Nick Noce. “Beyond the financial benefits of the solar array, utilizing sustainable, clean energy is a significant step forward in our commitment to environmental stewardship.”
The array spans approximately 29 acres. For sustainability, during construction, the site was planted with a seed mixture of pollinator plants, which will create new habitats for local pollinators in a boost to the surrounding ecosystem.
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