The City of Schenectady has several ongoing projects related to solar energy. Our goal is to continue to expand upon our past projects and promote clean energy production at a local level. This page will keep you updated on our latest efforts to support the green energy movement.
Schenectady County Solar Energy Consortium Project (Ongoing)
In April 2019, the Schenectady County Solar Energy Consortium announced that they are working with General Electric (GE) to develop solar farms in nine different locations across the county. Two of those locations are in the City of Schenectady: one at the old landfill site on Cheltingham Avenue, and another near the wastewater treatment plant on Anthony Street. Not only will these new arrays decrease local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but they will also save the city about twenty percent on our energy bills annually - that amounts to approximately $217,000 each year! The solar farms are expected to be up and running by next year, according to County Attorney Chris Gardner. The City of Schenectady is very proud to be part of the County's ambitious project.
Read this article in the Daily Gazette on the project for more information on other municipalities' participation.
Bevis Hill Solar Project (Completed)
The solar installation at the Bevis Hill site, completed in 2017, may have taken over a year to finalize, but it is now greatly reducing the City's energy costs and will continue to do so for many years to come. SolarCity installed the panels as part of a power purchase agreement signed by the City. See the infographic below for more details on the returns on our investment.