By Staff –
City officials celebrated the completion of the city’s new solar field, which will be used to help power City Hall and divert more than 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday.
“This solar field will save taxpayer money, but more importantly, it will help us protect the environment for future generations by reducing our carbon footprint,” Mayor Lovely Warren stated. “I want to thank the New York State Energy and Research and Development Authority, and all of the agencies in Gov. Cuomo’s administration, for helping us make Rochester a more sustainable city, which helps us create more jobs, safer more vibrant neighborhoods, and better educational opportunities for our citizens. I also want to congratulate the solar field’s owners and operators, AES Distributed Energy, on the construction of this facility, and wish them luck as we work together to generate renewable energy for city facilities.”
The field is located at the site of the former Emerson Street Landfill, and holds more than 7,800 solar panels that will generate approximately 3 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
AES Distributed Energy of Boulder, Colorado, has been working with Solar Liberty of Buffalo to complete the project.
In addition, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has provided financial support for the project.
In its first year, the city expects the solar field to displace the emissions of approximately 2,300 tons of carbon dioxide – equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from close to 500 passenger vehicles driven for one year or the burning of 12 rail cars of coal.
The project is part of the city’s Climate Action Plan and Energy Plan, which includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020, and 30 percent by 2040.