GreenSpark Solar building 26-MW New York community solar portfolio


GreenSpark Solar and CVE North America have advanced a portfolio of five community solar projects totaling more than 26 MW in New York State. Headquartered in New York and a subsidiary of France’s CVE Group, CVE focuses on the development, construction and operation of community solar facilities throughout the US, having designed, engineered and built more than 200 MW of renewable energy projects.

This 26 MW portfolio includes three projects in Manlius, one in Whitfield and one in Ransomville. CVE will own and operate the projects, while GreenSpark has been contracted for primary engineering, procurement and construction services. The projects are part of CVE’s broader portfolio of 13 projects currently under construction in New York State, totaling 73 MW.

“This partnership with GreenSpark brings together our companies’ collective solar expertise to design and build state-of-the-art community solar projects that will provide locally produced renewable energy,” said Ben Derium, CVE’s CTO. “CVE is pleased to work with GreenSpark in alignment with our core missions and values, both as Certified B-Corporations, to promote a more equitable energy transition by expanding New Yorkers’ access to affordable clean energy.”

Construction on the Wheatfield and Ransomville projects began earlier this year, and the three Manlius projects began operating this month. As part of the New York Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) program, all five projects will be community solar installations and will receive funding from NYSERDA’s NY-Sun program, which aims to make solar energy more accessible to homes, businesses and communities.

Once complete, the projects will bring electricity cost savings to more than 4,600 low- and moderate-income residents and generate 37,000 MWh of clean electricity annually. In addition to providing clean energy to the communities where they are built, the projects will provide local employment opportunities during construction and operation, as well as environmental benefits. As part of CVE’s Green Initiative, approximately $48,200 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits.

“In our 21-year history here in New York, we’re always looking for new partners like CVE to welcome their investments in Western New York communities,” said GreenSpark CEO Kevin Schulte. “Our experience will help ensure that these projects will produce clean electricity for a long time, while ensuring that CVE is a good neighbor to the communities in which we operate.”

The projects are expected to be fully operational by early 2024 and are part of New York’s climate agenda.

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