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New York is leading the nation, with a goal of using 70% renewables by 2030, and EDF Renewables is leading the solar energy charge starting with the Columbia Solar Solar Energy Center. A growing solution to energy demands, solar power is a safe, clean technology that NY residents and businesses want now. The initiatives outlined in the State Energy Plan can be found here.
The Columbia Solar Energy Center is a proposed 350-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) solar energy generation facility, which may include approximately 50 MW (200 megawatt-hours [MWh]) of energy storage, in the Towns of Columbia and Litchfield, Herkimer County, New York.
The Facility will safely generate enough clean, renewable electricity to power 80,000 New York households. The Facility will interconnect to the New York power grid via a new Point of Interconnection (POI) in the Town of Columbia, tapping into the New York Power Authority’s ‘Marcy South’ 345 kilovolt (“kV”) transmission lines which run through the project area. The Facility will be sited on approximately 2,200 acres of leased private and mostly cleared land.
The Project will help bolster the local economy by providing reliable revenues to Project landowners and the host communities, including the he Towns of Columbia and Litchfield, Herkimer County, and associated school districts. As currently proposed, the Project would contribute the following economic benefits to the region:
- More than $20 million in direct payments to the Towns of Columbia and Litchfield, Herkimer County, and associated school districts in the first 20 years of operation.
- More than 300 jobs at the peak of construction. Construction is anticipated to last 12-18 months during 2023 and 2024.
- Four to five full time highly skilled jobs during the 35+ year operating life of the Project.
Opportunities possible for local businesses including in the hospitality, material supply, and construction services sectors during construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning project phases.
The Project will safely generate enough clean, emission free electricity to power 80,000 NY households.
EDF Renewables believes projects will have a better chance to succeed if we have a presence in the community and are available to respond to interests. Developing relationships early during the permitting process and continuing throughout the installation and operation of the projects creates trusting, long lasting relationships.
If you have questions, comments or any interest in the Project, please contact us at any time.
Jack Honor, Development Manager
Email Us: Jack.Honor@edf-re.com
Call Us: +1 (518) 888-2589