Solar landfill project breaks ground in New York State

OnForce Solar, a provider of solar energy systems, started construction on a large-scale, 2.316 MW solar array to be built on 13 acres of a decommissioned, capped landfill in West Nyack for the Town of Clarkstown.

The solar project is a public/private partnership and under the terms of the agreement, there will be absolutely no expense to Clarkstown. OnForce Solar will own the project in its entirety by investing $6 million to install, operate, and maintain the solar installation pursuant to a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). Additionally, the town was reimbursed $100,000 by OnForce Solar to cover any out-of-pocket expenses.

The solar system integrates Orange and Rockland Utilities’ SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) monitoring system that allows the utility to remotely monitor and control the solar system. The SCADA monitoring system, part of the Smart Grid Pilot Program, adds an enhanced level of resiliency to Orange and Rockland Utilities’ grid, helping to protect the utility's customers from catastrophic power outages. This is the OnForce Solar’s sixth deployment in conjunction with a utility under a smart grid program.

When complete, the 2.316 MW solar system is expected to generate in excess of 2,946,501 kWh of clean energy per year and is expected to save taxpayers as much as $4 million over the lifetime of the system. Environmentally, the system will offset 2,030 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

The solar system installation was made possible, in part, through a multi-million dollar award that the Town of Clarkstown received from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through Governor Cuomo's NY-Sun initiative.

Construction of the solar field is expected to be completed by the end of this summer.

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