The Village of Cooperstown, New York is subscribing to an allocation of a Nexamp community solar project that will cover the power used by all of its municipal buildings. The community solar site, located in Burke, N.Y., is a 5.8 MW facility featuring more than 10,000 solar panels capable of generating enough power for more than 800 average homes.
The village analyzed different options for going solar and decided that at this time subscribing to a community solar farm was the right approach for Cooperstown. With no upfront costs and nothing to install, the village will save 11.25% on its annual electricity costs while supporting the generation of solar energy for the regional power grid.
Cooperstown’s decision to partner with Nexamp on community solar is only part of its larger effort to reduce energy consumption and embrace renewable energy options. Efforts to improve efficiency have included transitioning to LED streetlights and interior lights at Village Hall, improving insulation in municipal buildings, and upgrading heating systems to provide for more efficient operation. The Village has additionally installed two electric vehicle chargers in the Doubleday Field parking lot.
“As a village with such a rich history that attracts visitors from all over the world, we want to be leading by example on sustainability while preserving the look and feel of our renowned landscape,” said Ellen Tillapaugh, Mayor of the Village of Cooperstown. “Community solar enables us to embrace the benefits of renewables on a larger scale than individual installations would. The fact that we will realize significant savings on our energy costs is an important added benefit.”
Nexamp has dozens of community solar farms in operation or under construction across New York and hundreds across the country. The company, founded by two U.S. Army veterans, has been providing comprehensive solar and energy storage solutions to consumers, businesses, and municipalities for more than a decade.
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