Schenectady County Unveils Final Plans for County Solar Energy Consortium

Partnership will Save Taxpayers $461,270 in First Year and $11,531,610 over Twenty-Five Years

April 11, 2019

Schenectady County, N.Y. — The Schenectady County Legislature and local municipal leaders today unveiled final plans for the Schenectady County Solar Energy Consortium. The plan includes nine solar farms on municipal-owned properties that will produce 32 million kWh of electricity in year one.  The solar farms will be built by General Electric at no cost to taxpayers.

“Today, I am extremely proud to announce that Schenectady County and the Schenectady County Solar Energy Consortium have developed final plans to build a network of nine solar farms throughout the County,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. “Schenectady County is again leading the way in renewable energy that will save taxpayers more than $460,000 in year one and more than $11.5 million over twenty-five years.  This project is good for the environment and good for our taxpayers, once again demonstrating that working together works.”

The County Solar Energy Consortium grew out of the County-Wide Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan required by the 2017-2018 New York State budget.  The tax savings plan was unanimously approved by the County and each of the eight county municipalities in August of 2017.  As part of the shared-services plan, each municipal land owner volunteered potential sites to be evaluated as part of the solar consortium RFP process.

The County Legislature has committed itself to reaching 100 percent energy independence by December 31, 2020 and assisting our local municipalities reach this goal by December 31, 2021.  Schenectady County currently has numerous solar projects producing nearly 5mW of power annually, enough to power approximately sixty percent of all County facilities.  Projects include solar farms on Hetcheltown Road in Glenville, Hillside Business Park in Niskayuna, and Burdeck Street and Wedgewood Heights Solar Farm in Rotterdam, along with roof top solar installations at the County Recreation Center and Ice Rink, highway garage, Rotterdam Branch Library, Phyllis Bornt Branch Library and Literacy Center, and the Schenectady County Business Center.

Proposed Consortium Solar Energy Savings
  YR 1
25 YR
Energy Savings Discount %
County of Schenectady $49,200 $1,229,989 14%
City of Schenectady $217,017 $5,425,425 21%
Town of Duanesburg $22,049 $551,215 34%
Town of Glenville $58,195 $1,454,875 22%
Town of Niskayuna $20,803 $520,065 25%
Town of Princetown $2,907 $72,686 30%
Town of Rotterdam $57,588 $1,439,701 17%
Village of Delanson $1,683 $42,076 35%
Village of Scotia $31,829 $795,730 26%
Total Expected Savings: $461,720 $11,531,761 20% (average)

Joe McQueen, Director of Communications
(518) 388-4772 

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