Solar project set to support New York health care organizations (NY)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the largest state-supported solar project for health care organizations in New York. The project will provide two significant health services providers in Albany – St. Peter’s Health Partners and the Center for Disability Services – with clean power and will save each facility $50,000 annually. The funding will help support the Governor’s Clean Energy Standard to meet 50 percent of our electricity needs with renewable resources by 2030 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“This project represents a major step forward in growing the clean energy economy both here in the Capital Region and across New York,” Cuomo said. “By incentivizing the health care industry to utilize greener forms of energy like solar, we are not only helping shrink the carbon footprint of these organizations, but also helping reduce their bottom line so they operate more efficiently. Now, they will be able to direct even more resources to those who need them the most—the patients.”

The 21-acre solar project, which will contain about 16,000 solar panels, will be located on vacant land in the Town of Greenport, Columbia County. The solar-generated power will offset about 10 percent of power consumed by St. Peter’s Health Partners’ St. Peter’s Hospital and the Center for Disability Services.

The 5.3 megawatt project will provide the same amount of power each year as would be needed for 850 average-sized homes and will reduce greenhouse gases by almost 2,000 tons annually, equivalent to taking about 375 cars off the road. Construction has begun, and the system is expected to be operating in August 2016.

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Source: Gov. Cuomo’s office

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