SunEdison Inc. has signed agreements with five municipal entities on Long Island, New York, to build seven solar power plants totaling 14 megawatts.
The electricity from these power plants will be sold to the Long Island Power Authority, an electricity service provider for 1.1 million customers in Long Island, New York, through separate 20-year power-purchase agreements. The contracts with the Town of Southold, Town of Easthampton, Nassau County, Suffolk County and the Suffolk County Water Authority were awarded as part of the LIPA 100MW Clean Solar Initiative Feed-in Tariff program.
The solar power plants are expected to produce enough electricity to power more than 1,100 homes. They are on the Call Right Projects List for SunEdison’s Yieldco affiliate, TerraForm Power, Inc., a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants and which expects to purchase these projects upon completion.
“LIPA’s Clean Solar Initiative program allows communities to benefit from locally generated solar energy, enabling them to better control energy costs,” said Steve Raeder, managing director of Eastern USA distributed generation for SunEdison. “This program has been extremely successful and we look forward to developing more projects in Long Island.
“And with the new NYSERDA block incentive program and the governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision plan, we can replicate our success in Long Island and bring clean, affordable solar energy to customers across the entire state of New York.”