EDP Renewables’ distributed generation subsidiary completed a 1.2-MW solar + storage project that will serve an affordable housing development in Westchester County, New York.

The project is sited on a rooftop and coupled with a 1-MW battery. It is the 14th community solar project EDPR developed in New York, and PowerMarket will provide customer acquisition and management services on the array.

“Our efforts with EDPR NA DG go hand-in-hand with our commitment to affordable housing and climate change,” said Alfred LoPinto, CEO of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and affiliates. “This collaboration brings us one step closer to our goal of preserving affordable housing for low-income neighbors, reducing our carbon footprint and our energy costs, and investing capital savings into resiliency options and direct services for future generations.”

EDPR developed the project with PowerMarket and Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development (CCPOPD) to fulfill Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens’ mission to alleviate energy poverty in Brooklyn and Queens, and beyond.

“This deal serves as a reminder that effective state policy can be a powerful tool to enact social change,” said Candice Michalowicz, COO at EDPR NA DG. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens in their mission to prevent homelessness and to brighten and empower countless New Yorkers’ futures through the development of this project.”

The project, coupled with the upcoming completion of a neighboring community solar project, will allow CCPOPD to pass on approximately $1 million in savings to its LMI buildings and households over the course of 20 years.

The community solar + storage project contributes to the state’s goal to deploy 10 GW of distributed solar generation capacity by 2030.

“We believe in making renewable energy more equitable,” said Jason Kaplan, COO at PowerMarket. “Community solar allows people who might not have had the opportunity to support clean energy to not only take part in it but also receive direct financial benefits from it. We are proud to have facilitated this partnership with EDPR NA DG and Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and are thrilled to work with like-minded organizations that are shaping the industry.”

News item from EDPR NA Distributed Generation

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