This week developer CS Energy said it is working in partnership with the Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Group (GSRP) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), to develop and begin construction on a 216-MWdc portfolio of new utility-scale solar projects across New York. The projects are expected to achieve commercial operations by the end of 2021, which the company says would make them the first operational utility-scale solar projects in upstate New York.
The portfolio consists of the following geographically diverse mix of projects:
Darby Solar – 27 MWdc – Capital Region – Easton, NYBranscomb Solar – 27 MWdc – Capital Region – Easton, NYStillwater Solar* – 27 MWdc – Capital Region – Stillwater, NYGrissom Solar – 27 MWdc – Mohawk Valley – Mohawk, NYRegan Solar – 27 MWdc – Mohawk Valley – Mohawk, NYPattersonville Solar – 27 MWdc – Mohawk Valley – Pattersonville, NYJanis Solar – 27 MWdc – Southern Tier – Willet, NYPuckett Solar – 27 MWdc – Southern Tier – Greene, NY
* Stillwater Solar was developed by East Light Partners, acquired by GSRP, and is being constructed by CS Energy.
The eight solar projects, developed in close coordination with the local community and regional stakeholders, were awarded contracts by NYSERDA as part of its Renewable Energy Standard Request for Proposals in 2017 and 2018.
The company said the portfolio will support more than 500 jobs. It also represents more than $160 million of private investment and is expected to generate over $80 million in benefits to local communities and regions. These benefits accrue to local landowners, property tax jurisdictions, as well as the local contractors who will provide ongoing operations and maintenance support for the projects.
CS Energy chose to partner with the Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Group to provide the financing and asset management services required to