SunEdison to build seven solar parks on Long Island, New York

California-headquartered renewable energy company SunEdison is to add 14 MW of solar PV capacity to Long Island as part of the New York State solar initiative.

The company has agreed a five 20-year power purchase agreements (PPA) for the solar plants with Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), the local utility that serves 1.1 million customers.

The PPA contracts for the seven solar power plants are with five municipal entities, including the Town of Southold, Town of Easthampton, Nassau County, Suffolk County and the Suffolk County Water Authority.

The contracts were awarded as part of LIPA’s 100 MW Clean Solar Initiative feed-in tariff (FIT) program, which is run by New York State.

Once the seven solar plants have been completed, the combined solar energy produced will be enough to power more than 1,100 local households, and will mitigate the effects of 2,600 cars on the road. During construction, more than 100 jobs will be created in the Long Island area.

"LIPA’s Clean Solar Initiative program allows communities to benefit from locally generated solar energy, enabling them to better control energy costs," said SunEdison’s MD of easter USA distributed generation, Steve Raeder. "This program has been extremely successful and we look forward to developing more projects in Long Island."

Raeder added that SunEdison further hopes to roll out similar projects across the entire state of New York, supported by the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision plan.

The seven projects planned for Long Island will likely be purchased by SunEdison yieldco affiliate TerraForm Power upon completion, with SunEdison delivering O&M services to the plants.