GreenSpark, CVE North America break ground on community solar projects in New York

GreenSpark CVE North America

GreenSpark Solar and CVE North America have begun construction on a portfolio of five community solar projects totaling over 26 MW in New York. CVE North America, headquartered in New York City and a subsidiary of the France-based CVE Group, is focused on developing, building and operating community solar plants across the United States. GreenSpark has designed, engineered and built more than 200 MW of renewable energy projects.

This 26 MW portfolio includes three projects in Manlius, New York; one in Wheatfield, New York; and one in Ransomville, New York. CVE owns and will operate the projects while GreenSpark has been contracted for primary engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. The projects are part of CVE’s broader portfolio of 13 projects currently under construction in the state, totaling 73 MW.

“This partnership with GreenSpark combines our companies’ collective solar expertise to design and construct cutting-edge community solar projects that will provide locally produced renewable energy.” said Ben Dereume, technical director of CVE. “CVE is excited to be working with GreenSpark, aligning on our core missions and values, both as Certified B-corporations, to contribute to a more equitable energy transition by expanding New York residents’ access to affordable clean energy.”

Construction on the Wheatfield and Ransomville projects started earlier this year and the three Manlius projects broke ground this month. As part of the New York Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) program, all five projects will be community solar installations and receive funding from the NYSERDA’s NY-Sun program that aims to make solar energy more accessible to homes, businesses and communities.

“With our 21 years of history here in New York, we are always looking for new partners like CVE to welcome their investment in the communities of Western New York,” said Kevin Schulte, CEO of GreenSpark. “Our experience will help to make sure these projects will produce clean electricity for a long time, while also ensuring that CVE is a good neighbor to the communities we are working in.”

Once completed, the projects will bring electricity bill savings to over 4,600 low to moderate-income residents and generate 37,000 MWh of clean electricity annually. In addition to delivering clean energy to the communities where they are built, the projects will provide local employment opportunities during construction and operations as well as environmental benefits. As part of CVE’s Green Initiative, an estimated $48,200 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits.

The projects are expected to be fully operational by early 2024. 

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