SolarBank array supporting Honeywell Water Treatment at New York lake restoration

March 22, 2023
The solar power plant has a capacity of 683.55kWdc and is estimated to produce more than 753,000kWh in its first year of operation. It is designed to help relieve grid power and reduce carbon emissions

Canadian developer SolarBank has completed construction of a behind-the-key solar power project for Honeywell water treatment systems in New York.

The solar power plant has a capacity of 683.55kWdc and is estimated to produce more than 753,000kWh of clean, renewable energy in its first year of operation.

The energy produced by the project will support Honeywell’s water treatment systems that are associated with the Onondaga Lake restoration in Syracuse, New York. The solar plant is also expected to reduce the impact on the electrical grid and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Several years ago, Honeywell agreed to restoration projects at the lake as part of a federal Superfund settlement with the U.S. and New York regulators and justice officials. The Superfund designation came due to releases of mercury and other substances from facility owned and operated by the technology firm (although earlier known as Allied-Signal, according to documents).

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Honeywell agreed to maintain numerous restoration projects for as long as 25 years. These are designed to protect and sustain wildlife habitat and water quality.

According to SolarBank, the power plant has received approval from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority NY-Sun Program and is now in commercial operation. The company had secured approximately $240,000 in NY-Sun incentives for the system.

“With the support of governments throughout North America and initiatives in place for companies to transition away from fossil fuels, we feel the momentum building for solar and are excited about where we are heading,” said Richard Lu, Chief Executive Officer at SolarBank.

SolarBank is a Toronto-based independent renewable and clean energy project developer focusing on distributed and community solar projects in Canada and the U.S. It currently manages more than 100 solar plants with a combined capacity of over 60 MW.