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