NYSERDA and CEG Launch Solarize Campaign for Manufacturers

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Posted: Monday, August 7, 2017 8:31 pm | Updated: 10:26 am, Wed Aug 9, 2017.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York Energy Research and Development Authority and the Center for Economic Growth launched the first state-supported Solarize campaign aimed at helping manufacturers install clean-energy producing solar systems. The campaign will bring together potential solar customers in the Capital Region to receive competitive pricing through joint purchasing arrangements. Expanding the adoption of solar installations by manufacturers is vital to supporting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s energy requirement for 50 percent of New York’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030.

The Solarize campaign was announced during a ribbon-cutting at Dimension Fabricators, in Glenville, where the 942 kW installation will provide energy equivalent to that needed to power 150 homes annually. President and CEO of NYSERDA Alicia Barton, Congressman Paul Tonko, President and CEO of CEG Andrew Kennedy, President of Dimension Fabricators Scott Stevens, and local business leaders were on hand for the event, which highlighted how manufacturers could benefit from solar installations.

"Adopting solar energy is a smart way for large manufacturers to lower their energy costs and their carbon footprint at the same time," said Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA. "By expanding the Solarize campaign to the manufacturing sector participating companies will drive even more competitive pricing while helping to advance Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading commitment to adoption of renewable energy across New York."

CEG’s SolarGEN Solarize campaign targets manufacturers looking to install commercial solar systems, but non-manufacturing commercial sites are also eligible. Customers will use a "Solar Profile" that records key facility information that is useful for partnering with developers who wish to bid on a project. The program aggregates this information, enabling each facility to obtain individual bids from up to three vetted developers. The campaign streamlines the process, saving customers time and money. Solarize campaigns build on the progress of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

"CEG’s SolarGEN campaign provides a one-stop resource for local manufacturing and commercial facilities to improve performance and maximize the benefits of renewable and alternative energy technologies," said Andrew Kennedy, CEG President and CEO. "We encourage manufacturers and other businesses to join the Capital Region’s rapidly expanding ‘Solar Generation’ that is driving facility savings and preventing the exportation of energy costs out of our community through CEG’s SolarGEN."

CEG SolarGEN is receiving funds through the state’s Solarize program, now in its third round, launched last year. Governor Cuomo announced that 850 solar projects have already been installed or are in development throughout New York State as a result of the second round of the Solarize campaign.

Dimension Fabricators’ solar array was developed by EnterSolar and features approximately 3,310 solar panels. The rooftop solar array covers the entire roof of one of the company’s buildings, with 3,310 panels. The solar array was supported with $369,636 in funding through NY-Sun and payback for the $1.9-million system is expected within six years, reducing their operating costs. Dimension Fabricators manufactures concrete reinforcing steel and related materials.

Both Dimension Fabricators and the CEG SolarGEN campaign received support from NY-Sun, Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move the state closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. Since 2011, solar in New York State has increased nearly 800 percent and leveraged nearly $1.5 billion in private investments. There are more than 8,000 people engaged in solar jobs across New York.

SOURCE: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

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