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Nexamp Seneca offers community solar option

Anyone who has driven a stretch of Route 14A from Geneva to the hamlet of Hall has likely noticed solar panels being installed on a large tract of land for nearly a year.

The completion of that work was unveiled Thursday, when officials from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and a Massachusetts-based renewable energy company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new community solar project in the town of Seneca.

“Making the benefits of solar accessible to everyone is core to our mission as a company,” said Zaid Ashai, CEO of Nexamp.

The Boston-based company is partnering with NYSERDA and its “Solar for All” program (see accompanying box). The 20-acre site features approximately 13,000 solar panels, and the 5.2-megawatt facility is capable of providing power for more than 700 homes.

Max Joel, team leader for NYSERDA’s NY-Sun program, said a substantial portion of power — up to 1 megawatt — is reserved to provide no-cost solar subscriptions to low-income residents through Solar for All.

The community solar project, called Nexamp Seneca, is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Green New Deal and proposed mandate for 70 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. Nexamp Seneca was one of nine projects awarded contracts under the first round of the Solar for All program.

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