NYSERDA Announces Completion of Largest State-Supported Solar Installation
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and EnterSolar announced the completion of the largest state-supported solar installation in the Consolidated Edison service territory in Armonk, Westchester County. The 2.7-MWp solar installation at Swiss Re Americas’ headquarters will help New York meet Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard requiring 50 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2030.
Former President William Jefferson Clinton joined more than 300 Swiss Re employees and local officials to kick-off the celebration of the solar array, which is the largest in the Con Edison utility system.
The solar array is comprised of 7,720 solar panels installed across ten acres of previously unused land on the company’s North Americas headquarters campus. The 2.7 MWp is the maximum output possible for the solar array. On an annual basis, the project will generate more than 3.6 million kWh, enough clean renewable electricity to power more than 375 homes in a year. The solar system will provide significant environmental benefits to both Swiss Re and its Westchester community, including the avoidance of more than 4.5 million pounds of carbon emissions per year.
"This project serves as a model for other companies that want to incorporate renewable energy into their business operations," said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. "We congratulate Swiss Re and all of the partners involved for their commitment in advancing Governor Cuomo's ambitious energy goals that will create healthier communities across New York."
The ground mounted system will generate more than 60 percent of the annual energy consumption of Swiss Re’s Armonk facility and represents the company’s significant commitment to renewable energy.
The project was supported through NY-Sun, Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move the State closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. Since 2011, solar in New York State has increased nearly 800 percent and leveraged nearly $1.5 billion in private investments. There are more than 8,000 people engaged in solar jobs across New York.
This announcement complements Governor Cuomo's leadership in establishing the U.S. Climate Alliance with California Governor Edmund Brown, Jr., and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. The three states formed the alliance in response to the federal government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord. The alliance is convening U.S. states committed to achieving the U.S. goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent from 2005 levels and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan. Recently announced by New York, California and Washington State, the alliance now includes 13 members. With input from all participants, the U.S. Climate Alliance will also act as a forum to sustain and strengthen existing climate programs, promote the sharing of information and best practices, and implement new programs to reduce carbon emissions from all sectors of the economy.