The largest solar farm on the South Fork Now Producing Clean, Renewable Energy. Accabonac Solar, the first megawatt-scale solar power plant on the South Fork, is up and running!
Press Release from Town Supervisor, Peter Van Scoyoc:
The Accabonac Solar plant was developed by AES Distributed Energy on a decommissioned, town-owned brush dump off Accabonac Road in East Hampton. Its 3,456 individual 320-watt solar panels, covering two acres, produce 1.1 megawatts of clean, renewable energy that flows into East Hampton’s electrical grid, enough to power 136 homes annually.
The annual electricity production of the solar plant, offsetting the need for fossil fuel energy, avoids greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 240 passenger vehicles off the road for a year, and the amount of CO2 emissions equivalent to what would be produced from burning 1,236,844 pounds of coal.
Construction of the solar arrays for the power plant was completed in the fall, and final connections to the grid were completed in the intervening months.
“The production of clean, renewable energy at the Accabonac Solar farm is a positive step toward reducing the use of fossil fuels to meet East Hampton’s energy needs. The former brush dump, an already cleared and disturbed open space, was a unique opportunity site to produce a significant amount of solar energy. Individual East Hampton residents and business owners, however, can produce energy sufficient for their individual needs by installing rooftop solar panels,” said East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc. “The ones on my own house are producing enough energy to cover all my electricity needs, and more.”
In 2014, the Town of East Hampton became the first municipality on the U.S. East Coast to adopt an ambitious, but achievable, goal of meeting 100 percent of community-wide electricity needs with renewable energy sources by 2020, and to meet the equivalent of 100 percent of annual community-wide energy consumption in all sectors (electricity, heating, and transportation) with renewable energy sources by 2030.
A diverse group of technologies, policies, and approaches is in use to achieve those goals.
Solar Energy for Homes and Businesses
For home and business owners, the ongoing Solarize East Hampton program offers an easy way to arrange for the installation of solar panels that will provide solar energy from on-site solar panels, reducing or even eliminating the need to purchase electrical energy from the grid.
Since 2018, the Town of East Hampton has been participating in the program, an initiative of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), with a goal of expanding solar installations across the state.
As part of the NYSERDA initiative, the Town of East Hampton, working with NYSERDA renewable energy experts through a thorough and competitive pre-qualification process, selected GreenLogic, a highly qualified local solar firm, as its designated Solarize installer. While property owners who want to harness solar energy may of course choose any installer, participating in the Solarize East Hampton program allows one to take advantage of favorable group rate pricing offered by GreenLogic on high-quality solar panels.
Details about participating in the program can be found at EnergizeEH.org, a town website that highlights East Hampton Town’s renewable energy goals and all the efforts being made to reach them.