EDP Renewables NA Distributed Generation, the distributed generation business unit of EDP Renewables, has been given the green light to develop the company’s 13th community solar project in New York State in 2021.
The project is exceptionally large, in terms of community solar projects, with a capacity of 54 MW. Community solar installations are traditionally in the range of 1 to 5 MW, with some outliers pushing the limit to 20 MW. The company has yet to share the specific location of the project, the material that will be used in the facility, or any details of potential construction partners.
Over the past two years, New York has made unprecedented community solar capacity additions. According to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the state added 549 MW of community solar capacity in 2020, the country’s leader. More than 90% of the state’s pipeline of 2.7 GW under development projects that have received NY-Sun incentives and are expected to come online within the next two years, are community solar projects. , comprising more than 800 projects.
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the next five years will see the US community solar market add more than 4 GW of total capacity.
EDP Renewables NA Distributed Generation currently has 72 MW of community solar assets in operation, under construction or in development in the Northeast and Midwest. An additional short-term 42 MW pipeline is expected to be operational over the next 12 months.
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