NYSERDA and Hudson Solar Announce First State-Supported Community Solar Project in Columbia County

Project Supports Governor Cuomo’s Goal of 50 Percent of Electricity to Come from Renewable Energy by 2030

December 20, 2017

 The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Hudson Solar today announced the completion of the first community solar project in Columbia County. The installation will help New York meet Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s goal requiring 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2030. 

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA, said, “New Yorkers all across the state are embracing our state’s transition to a clean energy future, and demanding greater access to clean energy solutions like solar energy. Community solar projects like this one in Columbia County are now making that option available to greater numbers of New York residents every day as part of Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading strategy to expand renewable energy access statewide."

A ribbon cutting at the 214 kilowatt (kW) solar installation was held today with representatives from NYSERDA and Hudson Solar attending. This community solar project is located on one acre and was designed and constructed by Hudson Solar, a New York-owned and operated solar developer. 

The community solar project can accommodate up to 40 customers. The solar system is located in the town of Clermont and the will provide environmental benefits by removing about 71 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. 

Community solar projects enable multiple residents and small business owners to receive a portion of the energy produced by an off-site solar array. Participants receive credit on their individual monthly electric bills for the power the array produces. Members of a community solar array can own solar panels and utilize the energy they produce without installing anything on their own site.

"For homeowners without a good site for solar, there were no real options to save money. We’re delighted to be offering a new way to create clean energy that’s accessible to many more people,” said Hudson Solar Founder and President, Jeff Irish. 

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. NY-Sun is one of the pillars of the State’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy. 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 12,000 people engaged in solar jobs across New York.


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.

Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision 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 from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven nearly 800 percent growth in the statewide solar market, improved energy affordability for 1.65 million low-income customers, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York 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, visit rev.ny.gov, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Hudson Solar

Hudson Solar is your local expert, dedicated to bringing solar energy to where we all live. Our goal is to help better our corner of the world by switching homes and businesses to clean energy. Since 2003, Hudson Solar has served the Capital District and Hudson Valley. With two locations, Albany and Rhinebeck, we are truly your local source for high quality installations. Whether you own a home, farm or business, Hudson Solar has the experience and expertise to the design the perfect, custom solar system to fit your needs.

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