CELIA CLARKE North Country Public Radio
EASTON – The Branscomb Solar Project in the City of Easton is the first large-scale solar installation in upstate New York.
The solar project is one of more than 20 large-scale renewable energy infrastructure projects that are under construction this year, according to the Cuomo administration.
The installation is an important part of New York’s plan to have 70% of the state’s electricity come from wind and solar sources by 2030, as outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul presided over a groundbreaking ceremony for the solar project last week.
“By making historic investments in renewable energy and creating well-paying jobs, New York continues to show the rest of the country how to tackle the effects of climate change and chart a cleaner, more sustainable path for the post-future future. pandemic, ”she said.
The 20-megawatt plant is owned by Goldman Sachs Renewable Power and is expected to generate more than $ 20 million in private investment in the region.
“The economy of New York State faces enormous challenges from both the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis, and renewable energies have a vital role to play in the recovery in course of our state and our economic recovery, ”Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “These large-scale renewable energy projects will foster much-needed investment and thousands of well-paying jobs across New York City as we continue to rebuild the state’s economy with green energy.”