The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and EnterSolar have announced completion of solar installations for Stewart's Shops.
A 1.85 megawatt installation in Halfmoon is designed to offset up to 75 percent of the power used by 17 Stewart's Shops across upstate New York.
The installation supports Gov. Andrew Cuomo's mandate for 50 percent of electricity generation to come from renewable energy sources by 2030 and New York's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy.
"Just as we have a commitment to giving back to our communities, we are committed to making our communities greener," Nancy Trimbur, senior vice president at Stewart's, said in a media release.
The project, which uses remote net metering, was supported by almost $1 million in funding from Cuomo's NY-Sun initiative. It is expected to yield significant environmental benefits as the energy produced by the system is equivalent to taking 241 cars off the road or powering 306 homes for one year.
Remote net metering allows residential and commercial customers that install solar to receive a credit on their electricity bill for excess power generated by their system and fed back into the grid.
In 2013, NYSERDA, EnterSolar and Stewart's Shops announced the installation of a 600 kw system atop Stewart's 300,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution center in Greenfield Center.