Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 11th November
Despite being more than 150 years old, Saratoga Regional YMCA’s commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship is in line in the realities of 2021. Through Nexamp‘s community solar program, the organization enrolled in a solar farm in Pendleton, NY and offset 90% of its annual electricity use, which has enabled it to expand its programs and services.
Through its 900 kW subscription, the YMCA will save up to $13,500 per year through discounted community solar credits applied to its National Grid bills, saving more than a quarter million dollars over the term of the contract. In the community solar farm model, clean energy is generated and fed directly to the grid, earning credits that are distributed to the community and billed at a fixed discount to save customers money.
“We support more than 25,000 members in the region, offering a wide variety of services focused on overall wellness for families and individuals of all ages,” noted John Pecora, CFO, Saratoga Regional YMCA. “As part of our mission, we recognize the importance of a healthy environment and the role of clean energy in making that possible. Enrolling in a community solar program provides us with the dual benefit of saving money that makes our budget go further while also participating in the growth of much-needed clean energy on the grid.”
Four of the five Saratoga Regional YMCA buildings will receive credits through the program. The 6 MW community solar farm in Pendleton serves both commercial and residential customers.
“Just as the YMCA serves all residents without discrimination, community solar is making the benefits of clean energy accessible to all. We’ve seen that as more and more non-profits learn about the advantages of the program and how easy it is to get started, they realize how well it fits with their missions. It’s equally about saving money, saving the environment and helping communities invest in a cleaner, more resilient energy grid for the future,” said David Wells, Nexamp Director of Community Solar in New York.
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