The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority in Amherst, New York, is connected to a newly completed community solar project by developer Catalyze.
The 6.4-MW Amherst solar farm will produce all of its energy for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority serving low-to-moderate income residential customers. More than 1,300 housing units were enrolled into the subscription service by Ampion.
Amherst is listed as a Clean Energy Community in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority program. NYSERDA helps lead state goals to deploy 6 GW of distributed solar by 2025.
"We’re proud to support New York’s efforts in building a clean, resilient and low-cost grid powered by renewable energy," said Steve Luker, CEO of Catalyze. "Community solar projects like Amherst offer the opportunity to provide lower energy costs and renewable energy access to everyone, including low-to-moderate income communities.”
Catalyze is a solar developer supported with significant funding from EnCap Investments LP and Actis. The developer has completed on-site rooftop and utility-scale projects for customers including Pepsi Bottling, Damco, Costco, Blackstone and Cathay Bank, among others.
The Amhert solar farm also utilizes sheep, shepherded by a landowner of the Amherst community, to maintain the vegetation on site during the grazing season. This provides the landowner with a new source of revenue as well, while having minimal negative impact on the solar site itself.
Community solar offers an option between on-site rooftop solar, which can be cost-prohibitive for individual customers and property owners, and utility-scale projects which involved complicated rate cases.