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State Celebrates Solar Panels at Corrections Facilities

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Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced the deployment of more than 30 megawatts of solar energy throughout upstate New York.

The New York Power Authority designed and implemented solar energy systems at five New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision facilities comprised of more than 75,000 solar panels—enough to power 7,000 homes. The projects directly support the goals of New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which calls for 70 percent of New York’s electricity to be sourced from renewable energy by 2030, including six gigawatts of solar by 2025 on a path to 10 gigawatts by decade’s end.

The five solar energy arrays—located at Wende, Mid-State, Greene, Eastern, and Green Haven state correctional facilities—are expected to save more than $10 million in energy costs throughout the course of their lifetimes. The photovoltaic energy systems at Wende and Greene correctional facilities will generate 6.9 MW of distributed solar while the remaining sites will generate 4.9 MW. In total, the projects will reduce carbon emissions by nearly 4,500 tons—the equivalent of removing 880 cars from the road.

“Achieving New York’s ambitious climate and clean energy goals requires historic investments in renewable energy,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “By installing more than 75,000 solar panels at DOCCS facilities, New York continues to lead by example, paving the way for a brighter, greener future for all.”

The solar projects also received more than $5.2 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority through NY-Sun, the state’s $3.3 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar while making solar energy more accessible to homes, businesses, and communities.

In addition to these five recently deployed projects, NYPA is currently constructing 33 energy efficiency projects at DOCCS facilities, totaling $124 million that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 27,600 metric tons—the equivalent of removing nearly 6,000 cars from the road.

New York Power Authority Acting President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll said, “Expanding New York’s solar capacity is a critical component in achieving the goals of New York’s Climate Act. The distributed solar energy systems installed at DOCCS sites throughout the state will generate more than $10 million in energy cost-savings and reduce emissions while moving New York further along in achieving its bold clean energy goals.”

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