Genie Energy receives ‘notice to proceed’ on community solar farm in Upstate N.Y.

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Newark-based Genie Energy recently said its solar subsidiary has achieved the “notice to proceed” for a 6.25-megawatt company-owned community solar farm in Lansing, New York.

“We’re delighted to have advanced our Lansing, New York, community solar project to NTP, and look forward to initiating site preparation and construction this fall,” Michael Stein, CEO of Genie Energy, said. “Throughout this process, we have worked with the input of local stakeholders including the Lansing planning board and Tompkins County administrator to ensure that this project meets the needs and concerns of the citizens of Lansing and neighboring communities.”

The Lansing community solar array is planned to include approximately 14,000 solar panels on nearly 20 acres. Once operating, the array will generate sufficient electricity to supply approximately 1,000 local homes.

The start of power generation will be contingent upon testing of the interconnection and final approval from the regional utility, New York State Electric & Gas. Genie Solar intends to be the long-term owner-operator of the project.

“Our progress in Lansing represents a significant milestone as we build out our solar generation initiative,” Stein added. “Elsewhere, our 4-megawatt community solar farm in Perry, New York, is under construction, and we are working to advance development of our pipeline of early stage projects at multiple sites in the Northeast and Midwest.”

The project is scheduled for completion in 2024.