Water agency starts work on 5 MW array that will use bifacial modules


A water authority in New York State said it will deploy a 5 MW solar energy array near Rochester. Construction is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Through a competitive bid process led by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), Sol Systems was selected to install and operate the solar array at no expense to the Monroe County Water Agency in return for all energy credits generated at a fixed price per kilowatt-hour over 25 years.

The array is expected to generate 8 million kWh of electricity per year, which will be delivered to the local utility and credited to the water agency on its energy bills. The system is expected to offset more than 15% of the annual energy required by the water agency for pumping and treatment.

The project will use ground-mounted bifacial solar modules. NYPA is serving as project advisor, and helped with preliminary site assessment, competitive bidding, and project execution oversight. Capital Dynamics will own the project with Sol Systems managing the asset throughout the agreement.

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