August 4, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of Major Solar Project at Montrose VA Medical Center

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Solar Installation on VA Campus Will Save Hospital $1.9 Million in Energy Costs

NY Sun Project Supports Governor’s Aggressive Clean Energy Standard Mandate to Achieve 50 Percent Renewables by 2030

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a major solar project installation at Montrose VA Medical Center in Westchester County. The 500 kW solar installation will provide clean, renewable energy to the public hospital campus and save the hospital an estimated $96,000 per year, for a total savings of $1.9 million during the next 20 years. The project advances the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy and recently enacted Clean Energy Standard, a nation-leading mandate to supply 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy resources by 2030.

“This solar project will allow the VA to care for our veterans while cutting costs and protecting the environment," Governor Cuomo said. “New York is a leader in clean energy development and passed the most ambitious clean energy standard in the nation that will foster more smart projects such as this one and will make for a stronger, greener and more sustainable New York for all.”

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided $358,000 from the Governor’s $1 billion NY-Sun initiative to support the installation of the solar array on the hospital's carports and buildings. This project serves as a model for other regional hospitals and healthcare centers across the state seeking to invest in clean energy.

Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York Richard Kauffman said, "Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York’s solar industry is booming, and the VA’s investment is just another example of clean energy’s win-win benefits: lower costs and lower emissions. Today’s announcement is yet another indication we are well on our way to achieving the Governor’s historic mandate to meet half our state’s energy needs with renewable energy sources, like solar, by 2030.”

NYSERDA President and CEO John Rhodes said, “This is just the latest in a long list of solar installations that demonstrates the success of Governor Cuomo's innovative NY-Sun initiative in bringing solar to all New Yorkers. With every solar installation that NYSERDA supports, costs are driven down and we move closer to a robust, self-sustaining market for solar in New York.”

This project, developed by J. Ranck Electric, Inc, is the most recent solar array to be installed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in New York State and contributes to the state's nearly 600% increase in installed solar capacity over the past four years. The Montrose VA Medical Center solar project is in final testing prior to it being interconnected to the grid.

Steven Bolewski P.E., Lead Engineer/Energy Manager for NY/NJ VA Medical Centers, said, “NYSERDA has been an important partner in assisting the Montrose VA Medical Center in developing onsite generation of renewable electrical energy. The Solar Photovoltaic project significantly reduces the Medical Center’s greenhouse gas footprint, reduces utility costs and provides an increased degree of sheltered parking to veterans, their visiting families and friends.”

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and generating 50% of the state's electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven 600% growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80% by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us at @Rev4NY. 

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