Delaware River Solar got another big thumbs up in the Town of Delaware, with a decision by the town board not to extend a moratorium on solar arrays in the township.
As reported in the Sullivan County Democrat, Planning Board member, Dave Peters said, “We [the planning board] want them [Delaware River Solar] to have their two solar arrays up and running before any more are approved. Believe me, Rich Winters did an excellent job with Baer Rd.”
Community solar. Notice the first word in that phrase? At Delaware River Solar, we believe in community.
Our solar farms are bringing greener, cleaner energy to the communities where they’re located. But for us, that’s not enough. We want to give back more to the communities that have welcomed us with open arms.
In 2017, that commitment to community translated to more than $3,000 in donations to local charities. In 2018, we are challenging our local businesses and charitable organizations to help us help more of our community!
Do you have an upcoming event on your calendar? A staff meeting? A fundraiser? Invite Delaware River Solar to take part!
We’ll set up a table where we explain the benefits of community solar, and for every verified sign up to one of our solar projects, we will donate $50 to a charity of your choice!
Contact us now to get the ball rolling! Email Cindy Menges to see if your event qualifies.
There’s another Delaware River Solar solar array headed to Sullivan County! The Town of Tusten Planning Board unanimously approved a solar farm on Woodoak Road in Narrowsburg.
As noted in The River Reporter, “The land on which the solar field will be located is owned by Ned Lang under the business name of Homeland Farms LLC. The land is leased for 30 years to DRS, which will be responsible for the build-out, landscaping and maintenance and will provide funds over the life of the lease to the Town to cover the costs of decommissioning the site.”
“Solar feels like a good fit for the Catskills,” says Hudson Valley One’s Lissa Harris. Disappointed to see that other energy alternatives haven’t taken root, Harris checked out Delaware River Solar’s Callicoon array and sees a “new weed, tough enough to survive.”
It’s official! Delaware River Solar has the state’s largest community solar project! The company’s project in Sullivan County, a 2.7-megawatt solar array, was recognized this week by Governor Andrew Cuomo as the state’s largest and a crucial part of the state’s alternative energy efforts.
“This Sullivan County project will deliver energy savings to residents throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region, while supporting the establishment of a cleaner, greener New York for all,” Cuomo said.
Delaware River Solar’s Baldwin Solar Farm, located near the Town of Chemung, got a recent visit from the Steuben Courier Advocate. The farm will serve 400 homes in the area.
As Sean Hutton, Field Operations Manager with Solstice, an organization that assists homeowners with connecting to community solar arrays, told the paper, “That’s 400 homes that don’t need to be fueled by natural gas (and other fossil fuels).”
In an interview with the Elmira Star Gazette, Executive Director Jim Pfiffer of the River Friends shared the importance of Delaware River Solar’s clean, green energy project to the community.
The Catskill Mountain News caught up with Delaware River Solar’s Cindy Menges to talk about why we put such an emphasis on community.
“We’re in the community, and for those we don’t live in, we travel to regularly,” she told the News’ Eddie Donoghue. “Our whole team is traveling across the state to board meetings, we have a weekly schedule of who’s going where. Part of our whole purpose as a company is not only to bring renewable energy but to do it in a positive way and in a way the communities we work with are comfortable with.”
Delaware River Solar was featured in the inaugural issue of The River Reporter’s “Sustainability” in-paper section.
“Community-generated solar provides an advantage to households, homeowners, and renters who like the idea of local, solar power, and whose property is not amenable to solar panel placement,” the paper notes.