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Here comes the solar power in Canandaigua

On the first day the city’s solar array went online, gray skies and rain ruled the day.

But the city’s use of solar power is expected to generate much sunnier fiscal and environmental news over time.

The city’s 4.1 MW solar array, which earlier in the year earned Canandaigua an honor from the New York Conference of Mayors, was officially commissioned Thursday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the occasion.

Everyone has a right to a healthy environment and bright future, said Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni. And this step to provide it was a collaborative effort among the city and town of Canandaigua, as well as other government agencies and private partners.

“Renewable energy is where it starts,” Polimeni said.

The array is located on the city’s old transfer station on County Road 46 and leased land adjacent to it on County Road 10.

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