New York Town's Community Solar Program Hits Subscription Target To Receive Grant From Program Manager
June 28, 2019 Email This Story Copyright 2010-19 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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Geneva Community Power, which is offering a community solar program for customers in the Town of Geneva, NY and nearby areas served by NYSEG, announced that enrollment has exceeded the number of subscriptions needed to ensure the contemplated solar farm will be built and for the Town of Geneva to also receive a $25,000 sustainability grant.
Geneva Community Power was launched by the Town of Geneva and Joule Community Power, which offered Geneva a $25,000 sustainability grant if program enrollment reached 400. On April 30th, the Town of Geneva announced its intention to use the $25,000 grant to undertake a storm water control project that will benefit Seneca Lake.
Joule CEO Mike Gordon remarked, "The success of the Geneva Community Power launch demonstrates that a model that empowers communities works. The enrollment target is not an arbitrary number. It's the number at which the economics of the solar farm make sense for a developer to build the farm and launch the program. As Joule knows that the solar farm can now go live, we can give back to the community in the form of sustainability grants. These grants make it possible for communities to fund sustainability projects of their choosing, projects that make sense for them."
Construction of the solar farm in Owego is already underway and the program is expected to launch this fall.