Solar + Storage at our Mount Kisco Headquarters!

By 19 January, 2024Our Blog

Solar + Storage at our Mount Kisco Headquarters!

40 Green Street rooftop solar array.

On December 7, 2023, Sustainable Westchester proudly unveiled a new electric vehicle (EV) fast charging station that is demonstrating a first-in-its-kind concept of fast-charging electric vehicles fully from renewable energy, in this case, from solar Photovoltaic (PV). The solar PV arrays and chargers are located on top of 40 Green Street, home to the Sustainable Westchester office as well as the Mount Kisco Police Station, and the Mount Kisco Historical Society. 

The project involves a complex system of an 85 kW solar photovoltaic array that captures energy from the sun, stores it into a 180kWh on-site battery, and twin Jule 75 kW DC fast chargers that can charge any kind of electric vehicle with more than 100 miles of range in under 24 minutes. This unique system is thus completely independent from the grid, which ensures that the EV charging at the facility will not operate on fossil fuels derived energy and reduces the impact on the demand on the grid. 

The impact of the “Sunshine to EV” project extends well beyond powering EVs: excess electricity generated by the facility is prioritized for low-and moderate-income (LMI) households through Sustainable Westchester’s Community Solar program, which aims to equitably share the benefits of clean energy among historically underserved communities.

Pictured L to R: New York State Senator and Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Pete Harckham, Westchester Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins, NYS Assemblyperson Chris Burdick; Sustainable Westchester Interim Executive Director Jim Kuster; Anthony Fiore, Chief Program Officer, NYSERDA; Mayor Michael Cindrich, Mt Kisco; John Petronella, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; Peter McCartt, Westchester County Director of Energy & Sustainability; William Serratore, Director of Sustainability, City of Yonkers; Theresa Flora, Mount Kisco Trustee; Michel Delafontaine; Sustainable Westchester Director of Business Development.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at Sustainable Westchester’s Mount Kisco headquarters was attended by a diverse range of state and local elected officials, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, EV charger manufacturer Jule, Con Edison, renewable energy industry leaders and environmental advocates. 

The cutting-edge initiative proves the possibility for this charging concept to be replicated throughout New York in service of the State’s visionary climate, clean energy, and environmental justice goals. The system was partially funded by a $250,000 grant through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure program, and also supported by the North American EV charger manufacturer Jule. The effort builds on recent progress to expand EV charging infrastructure in Westchester County, including the addition of 90 new stations by the City of Yonkers in April 2023, and 34 new stations by the Village of Tuckahoe.

75 kW DC Jule fast chargers


Read more in our featured article about NYCEEC’s participation in Sunshine-to-EV: