Con Edison plans $33m solar project to help low-income consumers


If the New York state energy regulator allows Con Edison to increase its solar energy generation portfolio, the utility firm will install solar arrays at 40 of its facilities in New York and Westchester county.

The $33 million solar project falls under efforts by Con Edison to improve its customer service by ensuring that all its consumers regardless income, have access to affordable and clean energy.

In a press statement, the utility firm said the solar arrays will be deployed over the next five years and will generate 11MW of electricity.

[quote]  The project will provide electricity to between 3,000 and 6,000 low-income consumers who are currently registered under the utility’s Low Income Bill Assistance Programme.

Matthew Ketschke, vice president of Distributed Resource Integration for Con Edison, said: “We’re committing to put solar panels on our warehouses, substations, office buildings, garages and other properties to expand access.”

In addition to providing clean energy to low-income consumers, Con Edison will help participants of the programme to implement energy efficiency behaviours to reduce their energy bills.

According to calculations made by the utility firm, the project will result in each participant saving up to $60 per year.

The project also falls under the New York state’s ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ which aims to reduce carbon emission through adoption of renewable energy sources and customer’s implementation of energy efficient measures. [NYSERDA backs solar generation to stabilise grid network].

Solar energy generation and grid reliability

In related news, National Grid submitted its proposals with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities to expand its clean energy generation portfolio.

The power company said it aims to ensure it is able to meet its power demand by implementing the projects which include development of a 14MW solar plant in Everett.

National Grid will also install a 605KW energy storage system to store energy generated by the plant and supply it to the grid network during peak periods.

The utility firm is also planning to test new technologies related to solar energy generation including advanced inverters to improve its customer services.

The development of the solar plant will increase the company’s solar generation portfolio in Massachusetts to 21MW.


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.