New York unveils 120 MW of solar for low-income National Grid customers
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The New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and National Grid Plc (NYSE:NGG) on Monday announced the selection of 21 projects surpassing 120 MW of total capacity as part of Round 1 of a community solar programme benefitting underserved New Yorkers.
Once fully implemented, the Expanded Solar For All programme, which was cleared by the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) in January, will serve almost 175,000 income-eligible customers in the upstate service areas of National Grid.
Round 1 is expected to provide up to USD 240 million (EUR 246.4m) in total bill credits during the 25-year lifetime of the programme. Subject to approval by the PSC, Round 2 of the programme should take place in 2023 and double the total anticipated bill credits.
In its statement, NYSERDA noted that this programme supports the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) mandate for 35% to 40% of the benefits of clean energy investments to be directed to disadvantaged communities.