SunEdison, Inc. today announced that it has signed agreements with five municipal entities on Long Island to build seven solar power plants totaling 14MW DC. The electricity from these power plants will be sold to the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).
"LIPA's Clean Solar Initiative program allows communities to benefit from locally generated solar energy, enabling them to better control energy costs," said Steve Raeder, managing director of Eastern USA distributed generation for SunEdison. "This program has been extremely successful and we look forward to developing more projects in Long Island."
Raeder went on to say: "And with the new NYSERDA block incentive program and the governor's Reforming the Energy Vision plan, we can replicate our success in Long Island and bring clean, affordable solar energy to customers across the entire state of New York."
The solar power plants are expected to produce enough electricity to power more than 1,100 homes, and should eliminate the emission of more than 27 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of taking more than 2,600 cars off the road. As an added benefit, the construction of these solar power plants will create an estimated 100 jobs in the Long Island area.