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PROJECT: A solar panel array to be installed at the popular Granite Knolls outdoor sports and recreation complex off Stony Street in Yorktown
LATEST DEVELOPMENT: The renewable-energy project,Â awarded by the Town BoardÂ to New Jersey-based HESP Solar this month, is projectedÂ to provide a 10% discount on the electrical bills of Consolidated Edison customers in Yorktown who choose to participate, town officials said. Itâ€™s also expected to generate an estimated $100,000 in yearly revenue to the town.
A household or businessÂ that chooses to subscribe to the community solar program would remainÂ aÂ Con Ed customer but getÂ the discount.
People can’t sign up yet, as the project mustÂ undergo various other reviews and then be constructed. Town Supervisor Matt Slater said that when the project is ready, HESP Solar will reach out to Con Ed customers to notify them they are eligible to sign up and how to do it. (The town is also working on another solar power program that can provide discounts through Sustainable Westchester; signing up for that is expected to be available first, but not yet).
The project includesÂ puttingÂ elevated solar panels over open-air carports to be built in the parking area at Granite Knolls. The project will also have a solarÂ energy storage system. The carportsÂ â€” roofs above parking spacesÂ â€”Â will offerÂ shade for the cars. And there will be four electric vehicle charging stations.Â
â€śWe are leading by example, showing our residents the importance of renewable energy, which will help the environment while generating critical revenue for the town to maintain its strong financial health,â€ť Slater said in a statement. â€śIn the wake of the COVID pandemic this is more important now than ever.â€ťÂ
The statement said the project is estimated toÂ cut carbon dioxide, aÂ contributor to global warming, as much as having 1,249 acres of matureÂ forest.
No trees will be cut during the solar array installation.
UP NEXT: TheÂ contractÂ withÂ HESP, which will include a 25-year-lease to the companyÂ for the carport andÂ other aspects,Â is to be finalized.Â
TheÂ location is currently a gravelÂ lot, so other next steps will includeÂ pavingÂ and having the carport and solar array built. The project willÂ needÂ involvementÂ from state agencies, Slater said, as well as from theÂ town engineer, townÂ Planning and Parks departments.
Slater said it was hard to put a definitive timeline on the project but there’s hope that it could be operational sometime next fall. “Obviously that’s all contingent upon the necessary approvals that we have to go obtain,” he said,Â “but it’s exciting for the town.”
Michael McKinney covers northern Westchester.Â Follow him on TwitterÂ @mikemckwrite.Â