Catalyze inaugurates 2 community solar projects in New York

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Catalyze has placed two new community solar facilities, totaling more than 12 MWdc, into operations in Lancaster, New York.

The first site is a 6.63 MWdc community solar project with Finger Lakes Health as the anchor commercial utility off-taker. The second 6.06 MWdc site will offer remote net crediting, providing an additional opportunity for the off-takers.

While the sites are co-located, they are connected to the New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) distribution infrastructure by two different interconnection points. 

“We’re proud to support New York’s efforts in expanding solar energy access to commercial and mass market energy users that may not have the option of putting solar on their own building,” said Jared Haines, CEO of Catalyze. “This project further demonstrates renewable energy’s role in supporting local economies, and we will continue to look for opportunities that both accelerate the clean energy transition and create value from unused space.”

Ampion, a community solar subscription management company, enrolled Finger Lakes Health, the Town of Hector’s municipal sites, and other subscribers to the sites.

AC Power, a woman-owned development company specializing in transforming previously disturbed land into productive solar fields, initially developed the two projects. Catalyze now owns and operates the two solar sites on what was formerly a landfill. These projects will support New York’s goals of expanding clean energy access to commercial users and its target of 6 GW of distributed solar by 2025, and 70% renewable energy by 2030.

“In working alongside Catalyze, we’ve managed to turn a once dormant landfill into a source of clean energy, contributing to New York’s ambitious renewable energy targets,” said AC Power founder and CEO Annika Colston. “This project is a shining example of how solar development can not only offset land maintenance costs but also transform a challenge into a revenue-generating asset, all while supporting the community and the environment.”

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