Commercial, Solar - May 10, 2023
AT&T Adds Five Community Solar Sites
AT&T signed an agreement to subscribe to a five-project community solar portfolio in Upstate New York.
The telecom provider will offtake 15.5 MW of the larger 24.1 MW portfolio. The portfolio is expected to generate 17.4 GWh of clean energy annually and offset the equivalent of 12,331 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
The community solar sites are located in Cortland (5 MW), East Syracuse (2.7 MW), Medina (2.5 MW), Utica (902 kW), and Swan Lake (4.4 MW). Four of the five sites are under construction, and the last project is expected to start construction later this year.
AT&T is a large corporate buyer of renewable energy and is committed to being carbon neutral across its entire global operations by 2035. The company’s subscription to these five projects is projected to offset approximately 61% of its annual energy use.
The agreement was signed with DSD Renewables to serve as an anchor tenant. NRG is AT&T’s community solar advisor and assisted in the selection of DSD based on its community solar expertise and advanced project development status.
“We strongly believe that corporations can play a key role in helping power the communities they serve, and this agreement is one way for AT&T to do just that,” said Shannon Thomas Carroll, AVP of Global Environmental Sustainability at AT&T, in a statement. “By working together with developers like DSD, we’re able to explore solutions outside of onsite renewables that can help us reduce environmental impacts while also supporting local communities by making solar programs more accessible. It’s a win-win for AT&T and the people we serve.”