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Lewis County entities to get reduced electricity costs

Posted 3/16/22

LATHAM — More than 28 municipalities and school districts across Lewis, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence counties are reducing their electricity costs and boosting the state’s clean energy …

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Lewis County entities to get reduced electricity costs

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LATHAM — More than 28 municipalities and school districts across Lewis, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence counties are reducing their electricity costs and boosting the state’s clean energy portfolio with solar energy, according to a press release by Standard Solar and its partner, U.S. Light Energy, a New York-based distributed solar developer, following the completion of an 11.52 megawatt-combined solar project for members of the Tri-County Energy Consortium.

“Schools and community play a significant role in reaching students, parents, neighbors and local decision-makers to encourage clean energy action,” said Mike Streams, chief development officer, Standard Solar, the project’s owner and operator.

“Members of the consortium will collectively save between $400,000-$500,000 annually from the arrays,” said John Warneck, executive director of the Tri-County Energy Consortium.

“With their dedication to accelerating the adoption of solar energy, Tri-County Energy Consortium is setting the standard for other communities to follow,” said Mark Richardson, CEO, U.S. Light Energy, the project’s developer. “This project’s success is underscored by the variety of challenges the team had to overcome, including changes in New York’s solar policy and the pandemic.” 

The approximately $7.6 million project received more than $1 million in funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through NY-Sun, the state’s signature $1.8 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar energy.

Each participating school district and local government will receive savings on their electric bills in proportion to the percentage of electricity they use out of the total for all participants, the announcement added.

For more information, go online to  www.USLightEnergy.com.

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