Connecticut-based Altus Power, developer of commercial-scale solar facilities, has completed constructing a 4.8-MW ground-mounted solar array in Cayuga County, New York, which is part of a 15-MW plan the company expects to complete across the county during 2023.
The project, owned and operated by Altus Power, will support New York’s community solar program by generating decarbonized power to serve municipal and residential customers. The Altus Power App is also introduced for residential customers to help locate the availiability of any Altus Power solar array for subscription in their local utility service-area.
“Altus Power continues to grow its audience of community solar customers across the country,” commented Lars Norell, Co-CEO of Altus Power. “Our team is focused on turning newly constructed assets into operation and we continue to bring more assets into construction, many of them in support of community solar programs that make solar power at a discount an option for anyone who receives electricity from their local electric utility company.”
Late last year, Altus Power acquired close to 220 MW in solar project assets from funds managed by True Green Capital Management. The $293 million deal included solar developments in New York and California, according to reports.
The state of New York is becoming a leader for welcoming community solar projects, which is based on voluntary subscriptions by customers in the region. Community solar offers an option to utility-scale solar, which can be expensive and complicated to pass through rate cases, and residential solar, which is cost-prohibitive to many households.
Empire State community solar initiatives recently completed, started or under development includes projects by Catalyst Power, OYA Renewables, Nautilus Solar Energy and EDF Renewables. The New York governor’s office last year announced that the state was tops nationwide with community solar capacity to energize more than 200,000 homes.