Construction begins on 7-MW community solar farm in New York

REW_US Light Energy Breaks Ground for Development of First Community Solar Farm in Clifton Park
Credit: US Light Energy

This week US Light Energy held a launch ceremony to announce the start of construction of its latest community solar initiative. 

The Sugar Hill Solar Farm, to be located on 40 acres of land on the Sugar-Hill / Sugar-View Farm in Clifton Park, New York is the first community solar farm for the region. 

The 7-MW, ground-mounted solar project will encompass nearly 20,000 solar modules. When fully operational later this year, it is expected to produce more than 8.6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean energy.

As a participant in New York state’s Community Solar Program, electricity generated at Sugar Hill Solar Farm can be supplied to customers anywhere in National Grid’s existing distribution system, without the need for rooftop solar panels. Subscribers typically save 10 percent on their electricity bills. Residential and commercial properties in Clifton Park will have 30 days to subscribe before the solar energy generated by the farm is opened to the general public. 

“This project is the perfect first step in building our New York portfolio of community solar projects,” said Scott Wiater, President and CEO of Standard Solar, which will own and operate the community solar farm. “We believe community solar is the future of the industry, and US Light Energy is leading the way in developing innovative projects. We congratulate them and the state of New York on this momentous occasion.”

“National Grid looks forward to working together in the development of this project and getting interconnected to our distribution system,” said Michael Pilawa, Manager of the Central Division, National Grid.


Community solar is a topic that is discussed at DISTRIBUTECH International each year. Learn about San Antonio event, taking place January 28-30, 2020 here

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