DSD Renewables developed the nine projects for the City of White Plains in Westchester County.
The portfolio is expected to generate 8,100 MWh of clean energy annually, tripling the amount of solar energy produced in Westchester County and enough to power more than 700 homes each year.
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The portfolio consists of solar canopy, solar rooftop, and solar ground-mount installations at four parking garages, Gillie Park, the Ebersole Ice Rink, Gedney Way Recycling Facility, Water Storage Site and the Sanitation Complex. Energy storage systems totaling 1.76 MW / 8 MWh were also installed at the Recycling Facility and the Shapham Place parking garage.
The city, as well as residents and local businesses subscribed to the community solar project, will receive a 10% discount for credits applied to their energy bill. Between energy cost savings and lease payments for hosting the systems, the installations are expected to deliver approximately $1 million in value annually to the City of White Plains.
The projects incorporated several infrastructure improvements, such as a new roof for the Ebersole Ice Rink and an innovative enclosed solar canopy storage area for the water department, which avoided significant capital spending by the city. The canopies across many sites feature a proprietary integrated water management system that manages water from rain and snow melt.
At the Gedney Way Recycling Facility, DSD designed the first floating foundation canopy mounted on a landfill cap. Additionally, two solar canopy systems at the site incorporate sidewalls to store and protect city equipment.
Boston-based Perch Energy, who has enabled more than 8,100 community solar subscriptions and delivered millions in customer savings, will manage the community solar subscriptions.DSD’s 476.8 kW canopy installation at Longview Garage, White Plains, NY. (Courtesy: DSD Renewables) DSD’s 1.5 MW canopy installation including 498 kW of energy storage at Shapham Place, White Plains, NY. (Courtesy: DSD Renewables) DSD’s 415.6 kW rooftop installation at the City of White Plains Sanitation Building. (Courtesy: DSD Renewables) DSD’s 473.4 kW canopy installation at Lyon Place Garage, White Plains, NY. (Courtesy: DSD Renewables) DSD’s 260.1 kW canopy installation at Gillie Park, White Plains, NY. (Courtesy: DSD Renewables) DSD’s 2.29 MW ground mount and canopy installation including 1.2 MW of energy storage at Gedney Way Landfill, White Plains, NY (Courtesy: DSD Renewables) DSD’s 240.9 kW rooftop installation at Ebersole Ice Rink, White Plains, NY. (Courtesy: DSD Renewables) DSD’s 795 kW canopy installation at Chester Maple Garage, White Plains, NY (Courtesy: DSD Renewables)
In March, New York officials celebrated the milestone of 1 GW of community solar capacity installed, more than any other state.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said at the time that community solar development has accelerated the state’s goal of generating 70% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Hochul wants to reach 10 GW of solar over the same period.
New York State leaders celebrated the milestone of 1 GW of community solar installed, the most of any state in the U.S. (Photo courtesy: NYSERDA)
New York is also home to the first community solar program in the U.S. to automatically enroll residents.
The community choice solar program has been made available to more than 3,800 households and small businesses in Brockport and Lima as part of Joule Community Power’s Finger Lakes Community Choice program. All eligible residents are automatically enrolled without having to take additional steps.
Community solar now generates enough electricity to power 209,000 homes in the state.New York State leaders celebrated the milestone of 1 GW of community solar installed, the most of any state in the U.S. (Photo courtesy: NYSERDA)
Community solar accounted for 70% of New York’s overall solar additions in 2021, the governor’s office said. The state has a community solar pipeline of 708 projects totaling 2,300 MW.
Established in 2011, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s $1.8 billion NY-Sun program aims to scale solar while driving down costs. The program has directed over $200 million to low-to-moderate-income households as part of its Solar Energy Equity Framework.
Last year, the Biden administration set a goal of powering 5 million American homes with community solar projects by 2025– an ambition that would require 700% growth of current capacity.