Schenectady County to See Increased Savings through Expanded Solar Panel Project
Winter weather may still be hanging around, but the sun continues to shine brightly for Schenectady County taxpayers as the County Legislature is scheduled to vote on the expansion of the County’s Solar Panel energy project resulting in more savings on County government’s electric bill.
The Legislature voted out of committee on Monday approval of a Phase III agreement between the County and Monolith Solar Associates to place ground mounted solar panels on just under one acre of County owned land in the Town of Rotterdam. The property, adjacent to Wedgewood Heights, was previously a dirt bike track in a light industrial neighborhood consisting of auto storage and salvage properties.
“Schenectady County continues to deliver on our promise to be a leader in clean energy usage and continue to find ways to provide a more efficient government to our taxpayers,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. “This project gets us another step closer to our goal of becoming 100 percent energy independent over the next few years.”
The new solar farm would generate 652,800 kWh of electricity. Once constructed, Schenectady County will generate 2,928,200 kWh of solar electric power, which will cover more than 50 percent of the power used by the County after implementation of a planned LED light conservation project. The panels will be installed by Monolith at no cost to taxpayers.
Schenectady County previously announced Phase I and Phase II solar projects. Phase I projects included the County’s first solar farm on Hetcheltown Road in Glenville along with roof top solar installations at the County Recreation Center and Ice Rink, highway garage, Rotterdam Branch Library, Phyllis Bornt Branch Library and Literacy Center, and the Schenectady County Business Center. These projects annually produce 1,195,644 kWh of electricity and since installation have produced 1,752,852 kWh of electricity while avoiding over 1,000 tons of CO2 emissions (as of January 31, 2017). Phase II solar projects are now under development and include two additional solar projects - the Niskayuna Commerce Park Solar Farm and Rotterdam Burdeck Street Solar Farm - which will nearly double the County’s solar production by adding 1,185,000 kWh of power annually.