Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure (KSI) is partnering with AC Power and GreenSpark Solar on two brownfield solar sites in upstate New York that total 12.9 megawatts (MW).
The two sites each re-purpose brownfield properties into productive clean energy-producing projects. The term brownfield refers to a site that is abandoned or otherwise unusable due to past industrial use or pollution/hazardous waste. The first project is 6.9MW in Ft. Edward, NY on a capped landfill, which is scheduled to come online at the end of 2023. The second project is a 6.0MW project in Queensbury, NY on former factory grounds that have previously undergone environmental remediation. Construction on this site is scheduled for 2024. AC Power developed the two projects, and KSI owns and will operate both facilities.
“These projects mark our continued commitment to the New York solar market. We now own and operate over 62MW of solar projects in New York and over 120MW total. The positive impacts of these projects in New York include jobs, clean energy, and re-purposing otherwise unusable land. They are now sources of clean energy bill savings to towns, companies, and households,” commented John Chaimanis, Co-Founder of KSI.
“At AC Power, our goal is to re-energize communities by re-purposing disturbed sites into productive assets. Capped landfills and former industrial sites like these in Ft. Edward and Queensbury, NY are excellent places to host solar arrays. Our partnership with KSI allows these projects to be built and begin their useful lives as sources of clean, renewable, and cost-effective power,” said Annika Colston, Founder and CEO of AC Power.
New York-based GreenSpark Solar is serving as the contractor that is constructing both sites. “As a nearly 25 year old business it is so important to have long standing, trusted partnerships like GreenSpark has with KSI, who we have been working with for over five years in bringing clean energy to NY State,” said Kevin Schulte, GreenSpark CEO. “GreenSpark has a history of using brownfields and landfills to move the renewable energy portfolio forward in NY and having a partner like KSI with a similar mission has been refreshing as we continue to grow.”
Power from the two newly built solar sites will benefit New York towns, households, and businesses. They are part of NYSERDA’s renewable energy program.