groSolar – an EDF Renewable Energy Company, and the Town of Ontario, New York, are pleased to announce the completion of the Town of Ontario Solar Project (Project) located on land shared with the town’s wastewater treatment facility. “Ontario further solidifies our commitment to sustainable growth, smart government, and diversity of energy resources,” said John Smith, Town of Ontario, Town Supervisor.
“The Project is an excellent example of how municipalities, state agencies, and private companies are collaborating to bring new sources of distributed power generation to communities across the country,” said Timothy Heinle, groSolar Vice President.
The Project will generate approximately 3,500,000 kilowatt-hours of clean renewable energy in its first full year of operation; enough electricity to power more than 250 homes and offset nearly 2,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide produced by more traditional energy generation sources. The Project further provides power at a fixed price to the Town of Ontario for the next 25 years; offering the town substantial savings and insulation from volatile energy prices.
The Project was made possible by the leadership of the Town of Ontario, Town Supervisor John Smith and funding through Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative which is building a self-sustaining solar industry in New York. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) administers NY-Sun.
“Under Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy, solar power is integral to driving the state’s clean energy economy while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “The Town of Ontario Solar Project serves as a model for other communities across the state that want to reduce energy costs and create a clean, sustainable future.”
On Wednesday, September 20th, the Town of Ontario and groSolar will welcome project stakeholders and community members to celebrate the completion of construction. “groSolar is excited to continue its work with communities across New York and support the state’s renewable energy goals with our industry leading solar solutions,” said Mr. Heinle.