BlueRock launches NY state community solar development program, plans to expand to PA and CT
Written By: Stratton Report
May 3, 2016
On May 3, BlueRock Solar announced the launch of BlueRock community solar projects. Each 2 MW BlueRock Solar project will be able to power up to 200 homes per year. Specific zones will be announced in coming weeks. This new solar division also plans to expand similar projects to BlueRock Energy’s customers in Pennsylvania and Connecticut in the near future.
The NYSERDA community solar regulations, according to BlueRock, envision project developers partnering with utility companies, with each project having a sponsor, to owns or operate the project, organize the membership and interface with the utility. Any utility customer may be a member of a project in the same utility and NYISO zone. Each project must have at least 10 members, and each member must be allocated at least 1,000 kilowatt-hours per year.
Michael Francis, General Manager of BlueRock Solar noted:
“Our community shared solar projects will provide a new, innovative way for New Yorkers to access clean solar energy, bringing even more efficient energy services to our customers. Customers who typically cannot afford or are unable to participate in solar projects and utilize solar power now have the opportunity to do just that.”
According to the company, an estimated 75 percent of the population does not currently have the ability to invest in and utilize solar power. BlueRock Solar’s upcoming projects will allow these underserved customers to utilize solar by tapping into off-site solar farms and using net metering.
President and CEO of BlueRock Energy and BlueRock Solar, Phil Van Horne, observed: “With the majority of the population unable to invest in solar, whether it be that they are unable to install panels on their rooftop because they rent their space, have a shaded rooftop or unsuitable roof space, or because they simply cannot afford the options that are presently on the market, we are excited to be expanding into the solar market and offering even more savings to the population and our 18,000 plus customers.”
BlueRock Energy, the parent of BlueRock Solar, is an energy solutions company that provides electricity, natural gas and renewable energy products customers across New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.