ForeFront Power’s first community solar projects in New York are now operational. The nine projects, representing 27 MW of capacity, are the first of a portfolio of over 75 MW across New York the company expects to have completed by the end of 2019.
Community solar allows utility customers, including those who rent or cannot install on-site solar, the option of purchasing up to 100 percent renewable energy from a local project while saving hundreds of dollars each year on electricity costs. Statewide, an estimated 10,000 subscribers will benefit from electricity bill savings and renewable energy from these projects.
For all these completed New York projects, ForeFront Power selected Arcadia Power to subscribe interested customers to a portion of the energy produced from these projects.
This innovative model allows subscribers to adopt solar energy in just a few minutes. A subscription to a ForeFront Power community solar project means a subscriber simply sees a reduction on his or her monthly utility bill while the rest is handled by Arcadia Power. Arcadia Power’s online dashboard provides an easy way for customers to connect their existing utility accounts, track impact, and stay up to date on billing.
ForeFront Power is developing projects to serve subscribers across Central Hudson Gas and Electric, ConEdison, National Grid, New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), Orange and Rockland Utilities, and Rochester Gas & Electric utility service territories. Most projects are construction-ready.
“These projects are the first of many to serve customers with this innovative subscription model,” said Paul Walker, Co-CEO of ForeFront Power. “These projects also represent a tremendous investment across the state that is resulting in local job growth and a contribution toward New York’s renewable energy goals.”
When completed, these solar energy projects will generate more than 90 million kilowatt-hours annually, representing the equivalent of 70,155 tons of carbon avoided from the grid or 13,512 cars off the road. (EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator)