NYSERDA and Montante Solar Announce One of the First State-Supported Community Solar Projects in Western New York

Supports Governor Cuomo’s Goal of 50 Percent Renewable Power by 2030

October 17, 2017

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Montante Solar today announced the completion of one of the first community solar projects in Western New York. The 99 kilowatt (kW) solar installation at the Riverview Solar Technology Park will help New York meet Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard requiring 50 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

Community solar projects enable multiple residents and small business owners to subscribe to buy a portion of the energy produced by an off-site solar array. Subscribers receive credit on their individual monthly electric bills for the power the array produces.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA, said, “This project is a great example of how Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is bringing new and greater energy choices, including solar power, to consumers across the state. We congratulate Montante Solar for their commitment to advancing Governor Cuomo's ambitious energy goals that will create healthier communities across New York."

The project was designed and constructed by Montante Solar, a Buffalo New York-owned and operated solar developer. The roof-mounted solar array is located at 600 Riverwalk Pkwy, Tonawanda, in the Riverview Solar Technology Park, New York’s first solar-ready business park. The business park acts as a living solar lab, where the future of solar technology is tested and implemented to improve energy efficiency and energy production for all tenants.

According to Montante, the community solar array, comprised of 360 solar panels, is nearly fully subscribed. The solar system will provide environmental benefits and cost savings to tenants in the park and in the surrounding community.

“Community solar offers the benefits of solar to community members, including renters who cannot, or prefer not to, install solar panels on their homes or businesses,” said Daniel Montante, President, Montante Solar. “These projects have the potential to be a cornerstone of the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision. We couldn’t be more proud to be laying the tracks that will lead Western New York to a renewable energy future.”

The project was supported through NY-Sun, Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move the State closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. Since 2011, solar in New York State has increased nearly 800 percent and leveraged nearly $1.5 billion in private investments. There are more than 8,000 people engaged in solar jobs across New York.

About Montante

Daniel Montante: “Montante Solar is a full-service installer of commercial solar energy systems. Our team of experts is experienced in both solar installation and commercial real estate development, which enables us to provide our clients with a wide range of solar energy services including construction, solar panel installation, maintenance, financing, and consulting. Our talented professionals work closely with our clients to develop solar energy systems that are optimized for each client's unique facilities and budget requirements.” To learn more, visit www.montantesolar.com or www.montantesolar.com/community-solar.

About NYSERDA

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 Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and requiring 50 percent of the state's electricity needs be generated from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven a nearly 800 percent growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, installation and other clean-tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us at @Rev4NY.

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