Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - December 14, 2021
Westchester County, NY Rolls Out Solar Project
A community solar and storage facility located in Westchester County, New York was completed for Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corporation (CCPOPD), the affordable housing developer of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, Inc., and its low-to-moderate income residents who will receive the benefits of the renewable electricity generated.
The 1.2 MW rooftop project has a 1,000kW battery storage system is the fourteenth community solar project for EDPR NA Distributed Generation LLC (EDPR NA DG), the distributed business unit of EDP Renewables, in the state of New York. PowerMarket will be providing customer acquisition and management services for the project.
EDPR NA DG developed the project in collaboration with PowerMarket and CCPOPD to fulfill the Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens mission to alleviate energy poverty in Brooklyn and Queens.
The project along with the upcoming completion of a neighboring EDPR NA DG community solar project will allow CCPOPD to pass on approximately $1 million in savings to its low-to-moderate income buildings and households over the course of 20 years.
As one of the first community solar + storage projects being rolled out in the state, this project contributes to New York’s upgraded goal to deploy 10 gigawatts (GW) of distributed solar generation capacity by 2030, against an earlier target of 6 GW. The state also seeks to achieve 100 percent zero-emission electricity by 2040 and cut its CO2 footprint by at least 85 percent by 2050, as compared to 1990 levels.
Through community solar, CCPOPD has found a way to bring both the short-term and long-term benefits of renewable energy to its residents.
Our efforts with EDPR NA DG go hand-in-hand with our commitment to affordable housing and climate change," said Msgr. Alfred LoPinto, CEO of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and affiliates in a statement. "This collaboration brings us one step closer to our goal of preserving affordable housing for low-income neighbors, reducing our carbon footprint and our energy costs and investing capital savings into resiliency options and direct services for future generations."