Solar Power World
By Billy Ludt The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Citizens Energy Corporation announced the completion of a 1.4-MW solar project in the Mohawk Valley. Located in Oneida County, Upstate Cerebral Palsy is the sole beneficiary of the commercial solar project. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has positioned itself as one of the fastest-growing solar markets in the nation and is helping all New Yorkers realize the benefits of clean renewable energy projects like this one serving Upstate Cerebral Palsy,” said Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA. “We are proud to partner with Citizens Energy and Upstate Cerebral Palsy on their environmental stewardship and commitment to reducing emissions in support of the state’s nation-leading climate and clean energy goals.” NYSERDA, through the NY-Sun program, provided nearly $300,000 in support for the array, which is comprised of 3,600 panels. The project will offset almost all of Upstate Cerebral Palsy’s annual electricity load, providing estimated savings to the organization of more than $30,000 annually. Located behind the organization’s Barneveld facility, the 1.4-MW array will produce over 1.5 million kWh of solar energy annually. The solar array is owned and operated by Citizens Energy and was developed to contribute to New York State’s renewable energy goals, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the company’s 40-year mission of using successful energy ventures to generate revenues to make life’s basic needs, especially energy, more affordable for elderly and low-income households. The company was founded in 1979 by former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, who continues to serve as its chairman and president. Upstate Cerebral Palsy is a multi-faceted health and human services organization that provides a broad range of support and programs for individuals with special needs and their families. The organization’s mission is to provide innovative programs and services that support people and create opportunities to fulfill life choices, one person at a time. Upstate Cerebral Palsy provides comprehensive services to 15,000 individuals annually in Central New York, with over 2,000 employees at over 60 locations.