NYSERDA has selected Common Energy to provide clean energy for the New York's Solar for All program. Common Energy will provide the electricity from the solar farms on West State Street Ext. in Johnstown NY. The electricity from the solar farms will be purchased by NYSERDA on behalf of approximately 7,000 low to moderate income households across the state. Households that qualify under NYSERDA rules will receive the electricity at no cost.
Common Energy was selected to participate in the Solar for All Program as the result of a competitive bidding process under New York State procurement rules. Common Energy and NYSERDA have entered into contracts under which NYSERDA will purchase the output from approximately 6,000 of the more than 10,000 solar panels at the solar farms.
“Common Energy is pleased to have been selected as an electricity provider under the Solar for All program,” said Malcolm Bliss, Common Energy’s Vice President of Partnerships. “With the participation of residents across income levels, Common Energy continues to serve more community solar subscribers in New York State than any other organization.”
Alicia Barton, President and CEO of NYSERDA said, “Today, under the forward-thinking leadership of Governor Cuomo, solar energy is growing faster than ever before, and it is accessible for more New York homeowners and renters than ever before. NYSERDA is proud to be advancing theSolar for All program to make sure that our most vulnerable residents have increasing access renewable energy while supporting the Governor’s commitment to lowering energy costs for New York families.”
Under the contracts, NYSERDA will purchase from Common Energy electricity produced by 2 megawatts of capacity for a period of 10 years. The remainder of the capacity from the Johnstown solar farms not purchased by NYSERDA will continue to be available from Common Energy to the general public at costs lower than utility rates.