OYA Renewables is developing two new community solar projects that have been selected as part of the first round of a community solar program in New York. Known as Expanded Solar For All (E-SFA), the program delivers the benefits of clean energy to underserved New Yorkers.
The awarded solar projects, which will generate more than 13 MW of clean energy, will be automatically fully subscribed with National Grid customers enrolled in its Energy Affordability Program (EAP).
Spearheaded by the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in partnership with energy delivery company National Grid, the E-SFA program will deliver the benefits of clean energy to nearly 175,000 income-eligible customers in upstate New York once complete.
“E-SFA is a program we’re excited and very proud to be a part of,” said Manish Nayar, chairman and founder of OYA Renewables. “Its progressive approach to delivering clean energy to underserved communities is smart and commendable, and we applaud the state of New York for continuing to lead innovative programs that support its constituents.”
OYA received more than $4.3 million in support from NYSERDA through its signature NY-Sun Program, which is helping make solar more accessible to families, businesses and communities across the state. Its participation and engagement with NYSERDA and National Grid, as a result of its awarded projects, will last throughout the 25-year lifetime of the program and contribute millions in bill credits to New York communities.
“New York’s Expanded Solar For All program helps underserved New Yorkers save on their monthly electricity bill and become a part of the clean energy transition,” said NYSERDA president and CEO Doreen M. Harris. “We are excited to partner with OYA and National Grid on these community solar projects that will extend the benefits of solar to more homeowners and renters across the state.”
Community solar programs allow businesses, public agencies, and households to access the benefits of solar power through subscribing to a portion of a solar farm that’s ideally situated to generate electricity. By subscribing to the program, community members receive credits and savings of up to 10% on their electric bill every month from their portion of the solar that’s generated. Power produced from the community solar development is fed directly back to the electric grid and energy is delivered to customers through their regular electricity provider.
Founded in 2009, OYA has developed more than 1,440 MWdc and has a pipeline of 9 GW of distributed and utility-scale solar projects across North America. With offices in Toronto and Boston, the company focused on the expansion of renewable energy and the integration of other clean technologies. OYA has been certified by both the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council and the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council as a diverse supplier.
— Solar Builder magazine