Your Stories Q&A: A question about the community solar farm being built in Clay

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A 10-megawatt Solar Farm is currently being built on Waterhouse Road near the intersection of Morgan Road.

Viewer Question: Will the electricity generated from the Waterhouse Road solar farm in Clay be used locally?

EDP Renewables is the company building the solar farm that includes 22,000 panels.

EDP Renewables told the Your Stories, it anticipates construction on the solar array to be completed by the end of this year.

The project is part of New York’s Community Solar program, According to Adam Woda, Head of Community Solar at the distributed generation business of EDP Renewables North America.

Woda said the electricity generated from the solar panels will serve people in New York State and generally be consumed right here in Central New York.

The electricity from the solar farm gets pumped into what’s known as the distribution grid. It’s sold to those who “subscribe” to this particular community solar project. subscribers include homeowners and small business owners, according to Woda.

If you’re interested in community solar, The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has a detailed breakdown on its website, including registered community solar projects within the state.

NYSERDA said those who subscribe to a qualified community solar project, should save money on their electricity costs: You’ll see credits every month on the electric bill you receive from your utility. The amount credited each month will depend on the amount of solar energy generated by your selected project.

NYSERDA recommends the following tips when choosing a community solar project: Do your research, learn how you can save and review your contract.

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