YORKTOWN â€” Consolidated Edison customers in town could get 10%Â off theirÂ electricÂ billsÂ if a solar project eyedÂ for theÂ parking area ofÂ the Granite Knolls sportsÂ complexÂ comes to fruition.
And the town could gainÂ about $60,000 in yearly revenueÂ from the lease agreement for the project, Doug Hertz, president of Sunrise Solar Solutions, said in a presentation to the Town Board on Tuesday.
If town and state officials give the go-ahead, Sunrise Solar Solutions would have elevated solar panels installed in the outdoor sports complex‘s parking area, off Stony Street. The panels will beÂ carports that also provideÂ shade for the cars that park in the lots.
Hertz said there’sÂ typically aÂ 25-year leaseÂ with five-year renewal options, and he projected YorktownÂ would gain more than $2 million in revenue over a 30-year period.
Town money would not be used for the project. Rather, Sunrise Solar Solutions would teamÂ with SunPower to build the solar carport/community solar program.Â
â€śSunPowerÂ builds some of the nicest and is one of the more established carportÂ installers, manufacturers and designers,â€ť Hertz said.
The solar project would reduceÂ carbon dioxide as much as having 1,249 acres of mature forest, Hertz said
â€śSo itâ€™s a win for the town,â€ť Hertz told the Town Board. â€śItâ€™s a win for clean energy and the environment.â€ť
Yorktown is splitÂ between ConEd customers and those who get power fromÂ New York State ElectricÂ and Gas, or NYSEG. The NYSEG customers wouldnâ€™t be eligible for thisÂ solar program â€” Hertz said the state doesnâ€™t allow the company to offer the service to both utilities in the town.
A household or businessÂ that choseÂ to subscribe to the community solar program would remainÂ aÂ ConEd customer but receive the discount.
Around Westchester and Rockland, solar projects have become popular over the past several years as a source of cleaner, renewable energy and a cost savings and revenue generator. Efforts have ranged from putting solarÂ panels atop a capped former landfill in Mount Kisco to the city ofÂ Whiite Plains’ plans to install panels on eight city properties, to a solar field builtÂ on a former landfill in Clarkstown.
Hertz said the intent is to pave the current Granite Knolls parking area, which the town Recreation Commission has expressed support for. No trees would be removed.
As part of the project, infrastructure would be installed that would allow the town to install car chargers if it wanted.
For theÂ project to advance, it needs stateÂ approval because the lease would occur on what is considered to be parkland. Town Supervisor Matt Slater said heâ€™s contacted state Sen. Pete Harckham and Assembyman Kevin Byrne about it.
Slater said theÂ deadline for legislation may be tight thisÂ session in Albany. And town officials, including the Recreation Commission, haveÂ questions about the proposal and plannedÂ to discuss it further
Michael McKinney covers northern Westchester.Â Follow him on TwitterÂ @mikemckwrite.Â VisitÂ offers.lohud.comÂ to sign up for a subscription.
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