We are working for a more climate-friendly community.
Through education, advocacy and action, our Climate & Energy committee seeks to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy waste, and develop renewable energy sources. By reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, we can help avert the dangers of climate change.
Spa Solar Park Development
Thanks in part to our efforts, a two-megawatt solar array will be constructed on the City’s closed Weibel Ave. landfill. Members of our Climate & Energy committee developed the project proposal that was approved by the City of Saratoga Springs in 2014.
UPDATE: The Spa Solar Park project experienced significant delays due to the original vendor, Sun Edison, encountering financial difficulties and entering into Chapter 11 reorganization. Onyx Renewable Partners, L.P. has now been selected by the City of Saratoga Springs to replace Sun Edison, and to design, build, and operate a 2 MW solar array on the city’s Weibel Ave landfill. Financing for the project will be provided entirely by Onyx and grant money from the NYSERDA NY-Sun Program. In return for this external financing, the City of Saratoga Springs has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Onyx to purchase all the electricity generated by the solar array at a fixed price over a 20-year period. This agreement has the potential to reduce the cost of electricity for the City over the 20-year period while simultaneously lowering the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. About 40% of the City government’s electricity needs will be met by the solar array. The City hopes that they will break ground in April and be operational this summer. Once Phase 1 is up and running, the City will be looking into Phase 2, during which community residents will have the opportunity to buy into a shared/community solar arrangement.
Solarize Saratoga is a campaign to help homeowners and small businesses through the process of going solar while saving up to 20% of total installation costs. This is a homegrown initiative led by the City of Saratoga Springs Climate Smart Task Force, with support from New York State.
Sustainable Saratoga is excited to support the City’s new Solarize Saratoga initative as a community partner. This program will encourage adoption of solar power in our community.
The official launch will be on Wednesday, July 8th at 6:30 PM at Anne’s Washington Inn, 111 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs.
To learn more about how a Solarize program might work, click here to view the Solarize Guidebook from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Are you a homeowner interested in rooftop solar? Take our survey to help us determine interest in a Solarize program. Click here.
Educating the Community
In June 2014, we hosted a public presentation about energy efficiency and renewable energy in partnership with the Center for Economic Growth (CEG). Michael Lobsinger and Peter Lion of CEG discussed how our community can become more energy efficient and develop renewable energy, and provided information about state incentives through the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).
To view the presentation slides, click here.