Catalyze said it celebrated the operation of the Amherst solar power plant with a ribbon cutting attended by local officials.
The 6.4MW solar plant will produce all of the clean energy on behalf of the City of Buffalo Housing Corporation, which serves low- to moderate-income residential customers. The City of Buffalo Housing Corporation project was registered by Ampion, a regional solar subscription management company. He has over 1,300 homes under contract at the Amherst solar power plant.
The Amherst Solar Plant helps the City of Amherst fulfill its role as a NYSERDA clean energy community, contributing to New York’s goal of distributed solar power and the need for projects that benefit disadvantaged communities. .
“We are proud to support New York’s efforts to build a clean, resilient, low-cost power grid powered by renewable energy,” said Steve Rooker, CEO of Catalyze. “Community solar projects like Amherst offer an opportunity to provide lower energy costs and access to renewable energy for everyone, including low- and middle-income communities.”
The solar farm also utilizes sheep raised by landowners in the Amherst area to maintain on-site vegetation during the grazing season. This will also provide landlords with a new source of income, while minimizing the negative impact on the solar installations themselves. As such, the project provides Amherst residents with a unique opportunity to claim the benefits of a clean energy economy in a way that was previously inaccessible.
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