North Country summit focuses on sustainability

June 12, 2019

A nonprofit called Adirondack Young Professionals is trying to keep people living in the region. The group hosts monthly gatherings for networking, and Wednesday was its annual forum. Each year they pick a hot button issue to discuss that is tied to the region. This year, it’s sustainable power. Both the city and town of Plattsburgh have made moves to green up energy use. Political leaders, businesses and people living there had a chance to share ideas and ask questions. Cindy Menges of Delaware River Solar was asked to participate to share plans about the 5MW community solar project currently on the drawing board in the Town of Plattsburgh. The full panel was comprised of:

Sean Lukas – GM Clinton County Landfill, Casella Waste Systems

Paul Pavone – Co-Founder, Ducted Turbines International

Trevor Cole – Senior Planner and Dept Head, Town of Plattsburgh

Cindy Menges – Director of Community Relations, Delaware River Solar

Randall Volberg – Mission Director, Fuse

Linda Brienza – President, Triangle Electrical Systems

Delaware River Solar is a local company that develops, builds, and operates community solar projects throughout New York State. Their mission is to expand solar energy to those that cannot or prefer not to host solar on their own property and to contribute to the state’s bold energy and climate goals by providing shared community solar, so everyone can benefit from solar power. Delaware River Solar is located in Callicoon, NY and works with local landowners, governments, organizations, and residents to responsibly and effectively build solar projects that benefit the community. NYSEG and RGE customers who participate save 10% off the utility kilowatt hour rate each month. For more information and to signup, visit delawareriversolar.com.

Plug in. Grid out.

June 01, 2019

Delaware River Solar recently donated this solar charging table to the Delaware Youth Center (DYC) to be used by members and guests while attending DYC events. Powered by solar energy, the table offers an outdoor charging station that provides 24 hours of off-grid clean energy to power all kinds of mobile and portable devices. This station is a valuable benefit to the Youth Center providing a great social gathering spot while powered by clean renewable energy. The Delaware Youth Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide educational, recreational, and social events to the area. The DYC strives to be the heart of the community building a stronger community for everyone. “Delaware River Solar is proud to support this important organization that provides so many valuable services to the community!”, said Tanya Hubbert, Marketing Coordinator for DRS.

Delaware River Solar is a local company that develops, builds, and operates community solar projects throughout New York State. Their mission is to expand solar energy to those that cannot or prefer not to host solar on their own property and to contribute to the state’s bold energy and climate goals by providing shared community solar, so everyone can benefit from solar power. Delaware River Solar is located right in Callicoon, NY and works with local landowners, governments, organizations, and residents to responsibly and effectively build solar projects that benefit the community. For more information, visit delawareriversolar.com.

Solar projects shine in Mooers

May 08, 2019

MOOERS — North Country NYSEG customers will soon be able to receive reductions on their electric bills thanks to solar power.

The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority announced nine community solar projects across the state as a part of the “Solar for All” program in December, with a project in Mooers among them.

The projects are part of a push toward providing solar power access to low-income New Yorkers.

“We wanted to be able to serve as much of the state as we could through the program, and this (Mooers) was the most competitive proposal we received in the North Country,” said Max Joel, NY-Sun team lead at NYSERDA.

The Mooers project will include between 600 and 700 low-income program participants once it’s up and running at 297 Boas Road in the Mooers Forks hamlet.

Delaware River Solar, a solar energy company based in New York City, got tapped to build the facility.

“We’ve had a lot of great interest,” Joel said. “We’ve now signed up over 1,000 residents statewide.”

 

GEARING UP

He added that the Mooers power station is slated to be providing solar energy by this fall; only NYSEG customers can benefit from signing up, not those who get their electricity from National Grid.

NYSERDA plans to add more projects over the next year.

North Country residents can visit nyserda.ny.gov/solarforall or call 1-877-NYSMART to learn if they qualify for a possible $5 to $15 reduction on their monthly electric bills.

“There’s still available space in the program for any resident in the North Country who gets NYSEG electricity,” Joel said.

It’s not required that they live in Mooers.

Farmington solar project holds public Q&A

May 07, 2019

FARMINGTON, NY (WROC-TV) – It could be one of the largest solar farms in the region: forty acres of private land in Farmington off of Yellow Mills and Fox Road.

The seven-megawatt proposed solar farm has run up against some stiff opposition in recent months. Some feel the 22,000 panels will be a giant eyesore. At the last public meeting on April 17, many were passionately opposed or uncertain on the project.

Dale Sadler, a farmer near the project said in April, “Everybody wants renewable energy but not in their own backyards.”

Jim Foley, the former Farmington Town Supervisor, said last month the energy is going somewhere in-state but not to the community. “It’s not going to be given to Farmington, it’s going into the grid.”

With this latest session, attitudes appear to have shifted a bit, as have the initial plans for the farm. Tom Guidarelli says, “It’s not very noticeable (now) from the road. At least according to the images.”

“Overall, it’s just a good thing for our community,” says Bryan Adams.

Karen Guidarelli adds, “We can’t think of any reason to oppose it. We’ve looked at all the science behind it.”

Delaware River Solar, the team behind the project, says the farm would power over a thousand homes right in Farmington and in the surrounding area. Dan Compitello with the company says dozens of these farms are going up across New York, he says it’s all a part of the state’s initiative to have 100% renewable energy by 2050. Compitello says with solar being new to New York, people rightly have concerns.

“So, there are definitely a lot of questions people have, and we really understand that,” he says, adding solar is proven. The panels do not move, make no noise, and reduce carbon emissions. “It’s a really passive way to convert the sunlight’s energy into electricity and get it to people.”

If approved, the solar farm would also feature grazing land for sheep to keep the grass down and grow meat for consumption, a kind of solar-farming land hybrid. The solar project in Rush and Caledonia is proposing the same idea.

Harnessing the sun in Tusten

April 19, 2019

Sullivan County Democrat

“A new solar array will soon call Tusten home after the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency (IDA) approved a leaseback agreement at their monthly meeting on Monday, April 8.”

Full article at  http://scdemocratonline.com/webpages/newsdetail.aspx?id=15c18497-8de7-4d37-83fc-b46377bb80fd

DRS Completes Critical Step Towards Farmington Solar Farm

March 07, 2019

Delaware River Solar has completed a major hurdle in the process in obtaining state funding, having completed and submitted its notice of intent application to New York State Agriculture and Markets.

Otsego County’s 2nd Solar Farm About To Power On Panels

January 30, 2019

Poised to open a solar farm in Laurens – Otsego County’s second
Four-hundred local families have already signed up for all the capacity the farm will produce, but Delaware River Solar (DRS), the solar farms’ developer are encouraging people to get on a waiting list for future projects.

The Lowdown on Solar Energy in New York

January 16, 2019

“With vast areas of farmland and many local groups and politicians focused on renewable energy, New York’s Hudson Valley has become a landmark location for solar energy.”

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A Sustainable Future

January 04, 2019

Sullivan County Democrat Editorial
January 4, 2019

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There were plenty of shining moments in 2018 that we can look back on fondly as the beginning of something great. The expansion of the solar energy industry in Sullivan County is one of those bright spots.

The Sackett Lake solar array that broke ground in September and started producing power for residents on January 1st is one of the more recent examples. This $6.5 million solar farm includes 20,000 solar panels and produces five-megawatts of renewable energy for 800 customers in the Town of Thompson.

The Sakett Lake solar array, divided into two parts, is among several projects spearheaded by Delaware River Solar (DRS). Construction on another DRS Solar Array on Hospital Road in the Town of Delaware will soon be completed and will bring community solar power to another 300 residents and small businesses. DRS also announced plans to begin construction on a solar array on Kelly Bridge road in the Town of Liberty.

Community Solar allows homeowners, renters, municipalities, and businesses to easily participate in local solar without the need to install panels on their own buildings or deal with the cost of maintenance. It also helps toward reaching Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mandate that half of all electricity consumed must come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

It’s an exciting time in our area for the advancement of renewable energy on multiple fronts.

 

Enroll in Local Solar Garden

January 01, 2019

Sullivan County Democrat
January 1, 2019
By Ed Townsend

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Until recently, my household was one of the Sullivan County homes that couldn’t access solar energy. I’ve lived in Livingston Manor for 18 years, and I had been interested in switching to renewable energy since 2010.

Unfortunately because of trees blocking my house for the direct sun to reach solar panels, I had almost given up — until I learned about community solar.

Community solar allows people to subscribe to a local solar farm without paying an upfront costs or installing anything on their property. Like rooftop solar, community solar subscribers also get to save on their electric bill — only with community solar, you get to start saving from the day the solar farm gets turned on.

It turns out I’m not the only one who can’t get solar on my own property. In fact, about four out of every five Americans can’t install rooftop solar, because their rooftop is shaded, they rent their homes, or they can’t afford the upfront cost. Community solar offers a solution to these people and ensures that we can get more cheap, clean energy onto our electric grid.

Local NY solar developer Delaware River Solar just broke ground on a new community solar farm in Laurens, and households from around the area are eligible to join. Aside from the savings that it brings to our households, it will bring approximately $300,000 in additional revenue to the municipality, and create 37 full-time construction jobs during the project’s installation phase.

The new project will serve around 400 households in the area, and it’s already filling up fast — I signed up my own household, and I’m telling everyone I know to make sure the savings and clean energy can start flowing to our community.