NYSERDA and EnterSolar Announce Completion of Solar Installation for Stewart's Shops

Solar installation in Halfmoon designed to offset up to 75 percent of the power used by 17 Stewart's Shops across Upstate New York

July 07, 2016

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and EnterSolar today announced the completion of a 1.85 megawatt solar installation designed to offset up to 75 percent of the power used by 17 Stewart's Shops in Upstate New York. This installation, located offsite in Halfmoon, supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's mandate for 50 percent of electricity generation to come from renewable energy sources by 2030 and New York's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy.

John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, "We are proud to partner with Stewart's Shops and EnterSolar on this solar project. Stewart's is a true leader in sustainability efforts and is a model for other businesses to follow here in New York State. Under Governor Cuomo's NY-Sun initiative, the State is making renewable energy an easy and affordable choice for both businesses and homeowners."

Paul Ahern, President, EnterSolar, said, "We are pleased to complete this, our second initiative with Stewart's Shops. They are a true partner that recognizes the financial, as well as environmental benefit, of capturing the power of renewable energy. Knowing that solar energy will keep Stewart's Shops ice cream cold all summer just makes the project that much sweeter."

Nancy Trimbur, Senior Vice President at Stewart's Shops, said, "Just as we have a commitment to giving back to our communities, we are committed to making our communities greener. We're happy to partner once again with EnterSolar and their efforts in encouraging sustainable energy practices. The solar project they completed at our Greenfield plant in 2013 has been a shining success, and the future looks bright for this latest opportunity to be more eco-friendly."

The project, which uses remote net metering, was supported by almost $1 million in funding from Governor Cuomo's NY-Sun initiative. It is expected to yield significant environmental benefits as the energy produced by the system is equivalent to taking 241 cars off the road, or powering 306 homes for one year. Remote net metering allows residential and commercial customers that install solar to receive a credit on their electricity bill for excess power generated by their system and fed back into the grid.

In 2013, NYSERDA, EnterSolar and Stewart's Shops announced the installation of a 600 kW system atop Stewart's 300,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution center in Greenfield Center. The installation saves Stewart's Shops approximately $40,000 a year in energy costs and offers environmental benefits the equivalent to taking 80 cars off the road.

NY-Sun has accelerated the growth of solar across the State, with the amount of solar power installed and in development under the initiative increasing 575 percent from 2012 through 2015. New York's solar industry is the fourth largest in the nation and employs more than 8,250 workers, an increase of more than 3,000 jobs since 2013. In 2016, double-digit job growth is expected to continue with another 1,000 additional jobs created as a result of the State's robust Solar project pipeline.

Overhead view of solar panels - Solar installation in Halfmoon designed to offset up to 75 percent of the power used by 17 Stewart's Shops across Upstate New York NYSERDA and EnterSolar Announce Completion of Solar Installation for Stewart's Shops


About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision is New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. REV places clean, locally produced power at the core of New York's energy system which protects the environment and supports the State's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent while generating 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. Successful initiatives already launched as part of REV include NY-Sun, NY Green Bank, NY Prize, K-Solar, and includes a commitment to improve energy affordability for low-income communities. To learn more about REV, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY or follow us at @Rev4NY.


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 reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.

About EnterSolar

Based in New York City, EnterSolar is a leading provider of solar photovoltaic solutions to the commercial marketplace. Unique in its combination of business operations and solar expertise, the Company works with commercial enterprises to deliver optimal solar energy alternatives with compelling, long-term ROI. Expert in the dynamic legislative environment, EnterSolar provides clients with real-time guidance in order to best leverage financial incentives at the regional and state levels. For information, visit www.entersolar.com.

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