April 26, 2013
NYSERDA Funding For Solar Power Project Unveiled During Earth Week Celebration
The Rhinebeck Stop & Shop Supermarket today unveiled a large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) system that supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative.
The unveiling of the 214-kilowatt (kW) system was funded in part by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through the Renewable Portfolio Standard, and coincides with Earth Week celebrations being held throughout the State.
“Under Governor Cuomo's NY-Sun initiative, the state has seen an unprecedented amount of solar power that is being installed both by homeowners and businesses,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Projects like the one being undertaken by Stop & Shop exemplify how public-private partnerships are helping to grow the state's renewable energy portfolio while reducing power demand. NYSERDA commends Stop & Shop for its continued commitment and investment in solar power.”
The 214-kilowatt (kW) system is made up of 726 individual solar panels installed on the roof of its 68,000-square-foot store. That is enough electricity to provide power to more than 270 average homes in New York State. Stop & Shop has similar PV systems installed and operating at stores in Monroe, New City and Tarrytown, and when combined with the Rhinebeck location, will produce nearly 800 kW of renewable energy. NYSERDA has provided funding to Stop & Shop for these systems, as well. Additional PV systems at stores in Ossining and Yonkers are expected to come online later this spring.
“By choosing solar energy, Stop & Shop is demonstrating that it’s possible to consume this energy while supporting clean energy technologies and being a good corporate citizen," said Arlene Putterman, Manager of Public and Community Relations for Stop & Shop’s New York Metro Division. “This initiative is part of Stop & Shop’s Responsible Retailing commitment and the promise to be a better neighbor by caring for the environment and the communities we serve.”
For the development, design and installation of the Rhinebeck store’s customized solar power system, Stop & Shop contracted with RGS Energy, the commercial division of Real Goods Solar, Inc. The company has installed more than 6 megawatts of power in New York State in the past seven years, including at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Hudson Valley Community College.
“Stop & Shop's efforts to expand and accelerate its solar power initiative program into New York demonstrates their commitment to sustainability and to job growth,” said Tim Seamans, General Manager of RGS Energy. “These projects are a win-win for the environment and our economy, and help move our country toward a cleaner energy future.”
On Earth Day, Governor Cuomo proposed expanding the NY-Sun initiative to provide long-term funding of $150 million annually over the next 10 years ensuring the growth of the solar industry across the state. Since the Governor launched NY Sun in 2012, a total of 242 MW of solar PV has been installed or is under development, more than was installed in the entire prior decade. Approximately 120,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions will be avoided with the installation of the NY-Sun projects, which is the equivalent of removing 23,000 cars from the road.
Recently, Governor Cuomo announced $46 million was awarded under NY-Sun to fund 76 new large-scale solar projects in 33 counties. Through this most recent round of funding, New York State’s $46 million investment leverages $100 million in private investment, resulting in $146 million in infrastructure projects.
About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 63,000 associates and operates more than 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program; has been awarded LEED (EB) certifications for 54 of its existing stores; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com.
About Real Goods Solar and RGS Energy
Real Goods Solar, Inc. (RSOL) is one of the nation’s pioneering solar energy companies serving commercial, residential, and utility customers. Beginning with one of the very first photovoltaic panels sold in the U.S. in 1978, the company has installed more than 14,500 solar power systems representing over 100 megawatts of 100% clean renewable energy. Real Goods Solar makes it very convenient for customers to save on their energy bill by providing a comprehensive solar solution, from design, financing, permitting and installation to ongoing monitoring, maintenance and support. As one of the nation’s largest and most experienced solar power players, the company has 15 offices across the West and the Northeast. It services the commercial and utility markets through its RGS Energy division. For more information, visit RealGoodsSolar.com or RGSEnergy.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/realgoodssolar and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/realgoodssolar.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.
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