Sustainable Westchester Launches Community Solar Program, In cooperation with Abundant Efficiency

First New Community Solar Installation in Sustainable Westchester’s 42 Member Municipalities

Montrose, NY, April 20, 2018 –Sustainable Westchester, in cooperation with Abundant Efficiency, today unveiled a community solar project at the manufacturing facility of Quality Circle Products (QCP). SunLight General Capital is the developer for the rooftop array, the first in Sustainable Westchester’s countywide community solar initiative.

Community solar enables electricity customers to receive the benefits of solar energy even if they live in apartment buildings or shaded residences, and also maximizes financial benefits to property owners who host the installations. This 147 kW project is available to ConEd customers from Peekskill to Mount Pleasant who wish to use locally sourced renewable energy. Interested residents can go to www.westchestercommunitysolar.org to sign up for this and future projects.

“Sustainable Westchester continues to strive to live up to its name, to provide all who live, work and play in the county with programs that offer environmental and health benefits that lead to a truly sustainable future,” said Bob Elliott, Executive Director of Sustainable Westchester. Elliott noted that this is the start of the organization’s community solar initiative, and anticipates more in the future.

David Sandbank, Director of NY-Sun at NYSERDA said, “I commend Sustainable Westchester for their commitment to this project and for improving access to solar as part of Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative. Throughout the state, more and more communities are realizing the economic, environmental, and cost savings benefits that solar can offer their residents and business owners.”

Of the partnership with Sustainable Westchester in this initiative, Nina Orville, Principal at Abundant Efficiency, said, “Community solar complements our successful Solarize Westchester program, also run in partnership with Sustainable Westchester. We look forward to expanding this program to allow more Westchester municipalities, businesses and residents to benefit directly from local clean energy.”

Sustainable Westchester has also partnered with Ampion, a leading software and services platform provider for distributed energy resources for the community solar program. Ampion’s platform also powers Sustainable Westchester’s community choice aggregation program, Westchester Power, thereby providing a common technology platform for renewable energy expansion.

A ribbon cutting began the celebrations at the offices of Quality Circle Products. Company president and building owner Gary Flaum, a committed advocate for renewable energy and environmental conservation, enthusiastically noted that, “ Sustainable Westchester, our own county entity is the lead for bringing the consumer and the community solar provider together. This community solar project is pioneering. It is one of the first in New York State.”

Edouard Klehe, co-founder of Sunlight General Capital said, “SunLight General is proud to have developed the Montrose solar project with such an outstanding local business as Quality Circle Products. Now, in partnership with a leader in the County’s efforts towards a more renewable and clean energy mix, Sustainable Westchester, is able to offer locally produced solar energy at a discount to local residents.”

Among the local businesspeople and dignitaries in attendance were David Sandbank, Director NY-Sun, NYSERDA; Linda Puglisi, Supervisor, Town of Cortlandt; James F. Creighton, Councilman, Town of Cortlandt; Sandy Galef, State Assemblywoman, 95th District; and Catherine Borgia, County Legislator (Majority Leader), District 9.

Linda Puglisi, Supervisor, Town of Cortlandt, commented, “ Our Cortlandt community is dedicated to encouraging solar energy. Thank you to Sustainable Westchester’s Community Solar Program, and congratulations to Quality Circle Products on this event and participation in this program. We have been a part of Energize NY, where at least 100 homes have taken advantage of this opportunity over the years, with more efforts anticipated. Thanks to all involved on this important project.”

“Solar energy is a fantastic option for many people, providing safe, affordable, and renewable power,” said Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. “I have supported many pieces of legislation in Albany to encourage usage of solar energy in residential and commercial properties. It is wonderful to see progress made in my district, and I compliment Sustainable Westchester on their many efforts to protect our environment and expand clean energy production.

Sustainable Westchester (www.sustainablewestchester.org) is a collaboration of Westchester County local governments that empower sustainability initiatives and share tools, resources, and incentives for healthy, vibrant and attractive communities, now and in the future. Focus areas include energy with programs including The Westchester Power program (CCA) serving 21 municipalities, Solarize Westchester in collaboration with Abundant Efficiency, and the Community Solar program; transportation and land use with the Clean Transportation program (EVs and charging stations), waste management and materials, food and water.

Abundant Efficiency (www.abundantefficiency.com) creates and implements innovative solutions to environmental and business challenges for local governments, corporations and non-profit organizations. These efforts are currently targeted towards accelerating the adoption of clean energy technologies through initiatives including Solarize campaigns, community solar, energy efficient streetlights, and clean heating and cooling.

Quality Circle Products (www.qualitycircle.com) is a label and tag manufacturer located since 1956 in Montrose, New York, a hamlet within the Town of Cortlandt. Gary Flaum, the company’s president, had previously invested in solar projects with Sunlight General Capital.

SunLight General Capital (www.sunlightgeneral.com) is a developer, financier, owner and operator of commercial-scale solar energy power plants, currently operating over 140 projects. It finances, builds and operates solar energy power plants on rooftops, parking facilities and open grounds and offers its clients, businesses, municipalities and not for profit organizations, the opportunity to purchase locally produced solar electricity at no upfront cost to them and at a significant discount to the rate they would normally pay their utility.

Ampion (ampion.io) is a Boston-based firm that performs Customer and Asset Management services for renewable energy developers, retailers, asset owners, utilities, CCAs, municipalities, property owners, and corporate users. Ampion’s cloud-based platform supports customer acquisition, billing and payment, performance monitoring, contract management, and customer engagement services to enable portfolio and revenue optimization for all renewable energy projects.

For more information, contact Virginia Steinberg at 914-242-4725 or virginia@sustainablewestchester.org.