Solar energy array unveiled at Skidmore College

Times Union | October 7, 2014 | Column by Brian Nearing

A new solar power system at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs announced Tuesday will meet 12 percent of the college’s annual electricity needs, making it one of the largest solar arrays in the state.

Rep. Paul Tonko, representatives of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Washington Gas Energy Systems Inc. met to unveil the array, which consists of nearly 7,000 ground-mounted solar panels covering eight acres of land in Greenfield, about a mile from the Skidmore campus.

From a NYSERDA press release: Skidmore President Philip A. Glotzbach called the array “the next step forward in Skidmore’s development of renewable energy initiatives.”  The project was supported by $2.3 million from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative administered by NYSERDA.

NY-Sun is a $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move the state closer to a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. To develop the project, Skidmore contracted with Dynamic Energy of Wayne, Pa., a renewable-energy consulting firm. Washington Gas Energy Systems operates the array.

“This installation responds to the pressing need for environmentally responsible, cost-effective energy for our campus operations, and it exemplifies our strategic commitment to sustainability,” Glotzbach said. “We are grateful for the support provided by Gov. Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative, without which this project would not have been possible.”

 Said Congressman Tonko, “For decades, the Capital Region has embraced new technologies, and it is that commitment to forward thinking that has positioned our communities well on a national and global scale. Today, Skidmore continues its proud tradition of innovative leadership by completing this project, greening our environment, and cutting energy costs. I thank President Glotzbach and his team on campus for their dedication to ‘walking the walk’ on clean energy.”

 “Congratulations to Skidmore College for incorporating clean, renewable solar energy into its sustainability plan to help reduce the college’s carbon footprint, said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “This project highlights how Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative is accelerating the growth of solar capacity, while taking pressure off the electric grid and helping make New York State’s energy systems cleaner and more resilient, reliable and affordable.”

Sanjiv Mahan, chief operating officer of Washington Gas Energy Systems, said, “Working with Skidmore College is part of a strategic expansion into New York, and we anticipate that this project will be the first of many future solar and distributed generation projects in the state. We are committed to working with educational institutions, municipalities and other organizations across the country to lessen their carbon footprints while stabilizing energy costs.”

“The Dynamic Energy team congratulates Skidmore College on hosting this solar system,” said Michael Perillo, CEO of Dynamic Energy. “The college’s support of renewable energy reflects a true dedication to the students, faculty and staff of Skidmore, as well as their community. We are proud to partner with Skidmore, NYSERDA and Washington Gas Energy Systems on this exceptional solar project.”

 Skidmore has made major investments in sustainable energy. In addition to solar, geothermal now accounts for about 40 percent of Skidmore’s total heating and cooling need, the result of a decade-long effort to take advantage of its favorable underlying geology.

Announced by Gov. Cuomo in his 2012 State of the State Address, NY-Sun deploys public funds in a strategic manner to drive industry to scale and reduce burdens on ratepayers. Since the program’s inception, New York State has had unprecedented growth in solar installations, with a total of 316 megawatts of solar photovoltaic installed or under contract – more than was installed in the entire prior decade.

Washington Gas Energy Systems now owns and operates 45 projects in 11 states across the country, totaling approximately 54 megawatts.

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