Community solar portfolio of nine sites built throughout the city of White Plains

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DSD Renewables (DSD) and the City of White Plains have completed construction of a 6.8 MW community solar portfolio at nine sites, the largest municipal solar energy deployment in Westchester County, NY The portfolio is expected to generate 8,100 MWh of clean energy per year, tripling the amount of solar energy produced in Westchester County and enough to power over 700 homes each year.

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) was the city’s energy advisor for the project. Boston-based Perch Energy will manage community solar subscriptions. The portfolio includes solar canopies, solar roofs and ground mounted solar installations in four car parks, Gillie Park, Ebersole Ice Rink, Gedney Way Recycling Facility, Water Storage Site and Remediation Complex.

An energy storage system (ESS) totaling 1.76MW/8MWh has also been installed at the Shapham Place recycling facility and car park.

“Public-private partnerships will lead to the proliferation of clean energy projects in New York State, creating a robust market for renewable energy,” said White Plains Mayor Roach. “I am grateful to NYPA and DSD for their guidance and collaboration during this project.”

Project novelties

The City, as well as residents and local businesses subscribing to the community solar project, will benefit from a 10% reduction for the credits applied to their energy bill. Between the energy savings and rental payments for hosting the systems, the installations are expected to bring the City of White Plains approximately $1 million annually.

The projects included several infrastructure improvements, such as a new roof for the Ebersole ice rink and an innovative enclosed solar storage area for the water utility, which saved the city from major capital expenditures. Awnings at many venues feature a proprietary built-in water management system that manages water from rain and melting snow.

At the Gedney Way Recycling Facility, DSD’s innovative solar canopy team has designed the first floating foundation canopy mounted on a landfill cover. Additionally, two solar canopy systems at the site incorporate sidewalls to store and protect city equipment.

“We are honored to be part of a portfolio that has been so transformative for the City of White Plains,” said David Eisenbud, Senior Director of Business Development for DSD’s Origination Group. “Our expertise and design capabilities have allowed us to overcome the challenges of delivering clean energy systems, with such large energy capacity, in a dense urban area. This unique portfolio positions the city as a leader in solar energy adoption and shows other communities what is possible when it comes to clean energy. »

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Tags: carports, commercial and industrial, Community Solar, DSD Renewables
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