Navigating Large – Scale Solar Development in Your Community
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Clean Energy Communities (CEC) team at HVRC hosted a tour of solar installations located in Orange County. This bus tour visited solar installations in three communities and included learnings around public support, siting, connectivity, and project financing. The unique challenges encountered and, ultimately, the benefits captured from each of these projects were also discussed in the context of these recently and successfully developed installations.
The tour began with a drive by the solar array at Orange County’s Emergency Management Center and continued on to visits at a 66 kW solar array sited behind a town hall and two larger systems of approximately 2 MW each – one sited on a municipal capped landfill and the other offsetting the electricity usage of an entire school district.