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Massive Solar Arrays Will Power Almost 600 Homes

Large-scale community solar in New York show that some towns are taking Climate Change and energy uncertainty into their own hands.

From the Gates Chili Post, by Melody Burri:

A new crop is growing in a field off County Road 46. It gleams in the sun and promises a yield that has city officials smiling.

The first phase of a large-scale solar farm is nearing completion at the site of the city’s former transfer station and dump. The project’s second phase could be right around the corner, in both geography and timing. When completed, city officials say both will produce enough energy to power most of the city’s municipal buildings.

“Our solar project is an endeavor City Council is very proud to see coming to fruition,” said Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni. “It will save the city money and make use of an area that would be difficult to transition to another use due to its history as a dump and transfer station.”

The first phase of the solar project is at 4620 County Road 46, and has been formally in the works since spring 2015. According to Assistant City Manager John Goodwin, it’s expected to be up and running by the end of this year.

The 10.5-acre, 2,497-kilowatt DC solar installation will be made up of about 8,000 solar modules and 55 solar inverters. The array is expected to produce an estimated 3,200,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually — that’s enough to power 357 homes for a year, he said.

The second phase of the city’s project is an adjacent 10-acre solar farm, visible from County Road 46 but with a 2970 County Road 10 address. It’s slated to be operational by the end of spring 2017, Goodwin said, though it has yet to be formally approved by the town.

The 1,628 kilowatt DC solar installation will be made up of about 5,200 solar modules and 34 solar inverters. It’s expected to produce an estimated 2,132,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually — enough to power 221 homes for a year.

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Solar energy systems fuel the city, schools, businesses and homes throughout the county.

Source: Farming the sun in Ontario County

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