‘Pollinator-Friendly’ Community Solar Farm Comes To New York State

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Source: Cypress Creek

Cypress Creek Renewables recently completed what it calls New York State’s first “pollinator-friendly” community solar farm.

Cypress Creek and the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) celebrated the completion of Jefferson Solar at a ribbon-cutting event last Thursday with students, local leaders and elected officials.

The solar farm, built with wildflowers and native plants to benefit bees, hummingbirds and other insects, was designed to support the agricultural production of local farmers by providing essential foliage for pollinators vital to the state’s food supply, explains Cypress Creek.

Located on the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES campus in the Town of Watertown, the solar farm generated nearly $2 million in local investment and is now providing clean power for the school and community. Jefferson-Lewis BOCES also plans to incorporate solar into its curriculum for students enrolled in vocational programs.

Jefferson Solar is Cypress Creek’s first completed community solar farm in New York State. Earlier this year, Cypress Creek announced a $500 million statewide investment plan and launched a partnership with Hudson Valley Community College’s Workforce Development Institute to strengthen the state’s energy workforce and grow the clean energy economy.

“Today, we are acknowledging the vision, cooperation and persistence of many different people and entities to bring low-cost solar energy to northern New York,” said Stephen Todd, district superintendent for Jefferson-Lewis BOCES, at the ribbon-cutting. “The Tri-County Energy Consortium, comprised of 28 schools and municipalities in our area, is the result of this endeavor. In just the first five months of this initial solar array’s operation, savings in excess of $50,000 have been realized. These savings will benefit the local taxpayers of each of the consortium members.”

The project received funding from NY-Sun, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA, says, “Collaborative, forward-thinking projects such as Jefferson Solar will enable students to learn firsthand about this renewable technology while providing significant environmental benefits for the surrounding community.”

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