New York awards three utility-scale solar projects to CS Energy

New York utility scale solar projects

The New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA), under its fifth annual Renewable Energy Standard request for proposals, awarded three utility-scale solar projects to CS Energy. As proposed, and once operational, these projects would deliver 270 MWac / 365 MWdc of new renewable energy generation capacity to the state. Construction is planned to begin in 2025 and will be completed in 2026.

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Together, these projects will generate over 500,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy per year for New York ratepayers. By replacing coal power plants in the region, this clean energy — enough to power over 70,000 homes — eliminates over 257,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. The projects will also create hundreds of construction jobs.

“With the help of partners like CS Energy, New York is growing a pipeline of over 120 large-scale renewable projects that bring us closer to reaching our climate and clean energy goals while at the same time delivering cleaner air, new green jobs, and local tax revenue to communities across the state,” stated Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO of NYSERDA.

The three projects, among those selected from over 50 bidding facilities, are part of a competitive 22-project procurement portfolio. Each one of the CS Energy projects listed below will deploy single-axis tracking technology and bifacial solar panels:

● Stern Solar: 19.99 MW AC / 27 MW DC in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County
● York Run Solar: 90 MW AC / 122 MW DC in Busti and Kiantone, Chautauqua County
● Yellow Barn Solar: 160 MW AC / 216 MW DC in Lansing and Groton, Tompkins County

At 160 MW AC / 216 MW DC, CS Energy’s largest project is located less than 10 miles from the Cayuga coal plant, which was retired in 2019.

CS Energy can say it is the first company to successfully develop and construct large scale solar in upstate New York in Branscomb Solar (the first utility-scale solar project outside Long Island), and these next projects will add to its industry-leading portfolio in the state.

“We are proud to continue playing a leading role in the deployment of NYSERDA’s large-scale renewables (LSR) program,” says Eric Millard, Chief Commercial Officer at CS Energy, who highlights their personalized approach and experience collaborating with municipalities as differentiators.

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