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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Citizens Energy Corporation have announced the completion of a 1.4MW solar project.

The project, located in Oneida County, will benefit Upstate Cerebral Palsy.

The project will help Upstate Cerebral Palsy to save more than $30,000 in energy bills annually.

The solar plant will produce over 1.5 million KWh of energy per annum, the equivalent of taking 184 cars off the road or powering 245 homes annually. NYSERDA has provided $300,000 for the development of the facility which comprises 3,600 panels.

The project supports Governor Cuomo’s Green New Deal goals to generate 70% of the state’s energy from renewable sources by 2030.

As part of the deal, New York has set a target to install 6,000MW of solar by 2025. The solar array is owned and operated by Citizens Energy.

Alicia Barton, CEO of NYSERDA said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has positioned itself as one of the fastest-growing solar markets in the nation and is helping all New Yorkers realize the benefits of clean renewable energy projects like this one serving Upstate Cerebral Palsy. We are proud to partner with Citizens Energy and Upstate Cerebral Palsy on their environmental stewardship and commitment to reducing emissions in support of the state’s nation-leading climate and clean energy goals.”

Michael Kennedy, Director of Business Development, Citizens Energy said, “Citizens Energy is committed to a renewable energy future that both protects the planet and includes the participation of all sectors of society, including those in need and those who serve them, like our partner Upstate Cerebral Palsy. We have built solar arrays from California to the Carolinas, including the largest community solar project in the country. We’re proud to be soaking up some New York sun and helping a deserving organization save money with clean energy.”

Geno DeCondo, Upstate Cerebral Palsy Executive Director, said,  “Over the past seven decades, Upstate Cerebral Palsy has established itself as a leader in providing innovative services for people in need. Upstate Cerebral Palsy is thrilled to partner with Citizens Energy and NYSERDA. The newly constructed 7-acre solar farm will provide discounted electricity to over 50 of our sites. The sites house or provide programs to thousands of people with developmental disabilities and the nearly 2000 staff that support them. With the help of our partners and consulting group, WMR Services LLC, we have been able to partner with Citizens Energy Corporation to achieve cost savings to support our critical programs, and at the same time harness renewable energy that reduces emissions and our carbon footprint.”