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Rensselaer County and OYA Announce New Agreement for Solar Power, with Agreement to Save County $3.5 Million Over 25 Years and Produce Cleaner and Efficient Power

Rensselaer County is continuing efforts to obtain energy more efficiently and effectively, today announcing a subscription with OYA Solar for 7.4 MW of clean energy from OYA projects across the state.

The county subscription is expected to generate $3 million in savings over the 25-year lifespan of the solar project. The partnership between Rensselaer County and OYA was announced Monday on the roof of the County Office Building in downtown Troy.

The agreement diverts 7.4 mega-watts of the county’s electrical load from grid electric to solar. Over the length of the subscription, 35,000 tons of CO2 emissions will be avoided, which is the equivalent of 17,500 gasoline powered vehicles being taken off the road.

“Rensselaer County has been committed to saving taxpayer money wherever possible, and that is especially true in the field of energy purchases. We have entered into productive partnerships that allow for long-term savings while ensuring a reliable source of energy for county operations,” said McLaughlin.

“Our partnership with OYA will allow Rensselaer County to protect taxpayers and benefit the environment with a cleaner source of energy,” added McLaughlin.

Along with the partnership with OYA, the county is saving over $600,000 in renewable energy costs. Those savings include the county renegotiating utility agreements for a savings of $215,000, a first phase of the county’s solar initiative to divert 2.2 megawatts from the grid, and 3.5 million kilowatt hours for the county Sewer Department being generated through hydro.

The county had originally joined with Monolith Associates for the solar project. That arrangement ended when Monolith ceased operations.

McLaughlin credited Director of Central Services Jim Gordon with helping bring about the new agreement with OYA after Monolith shut down.

“Rensselaer County has been flexible and poised to take advantage of market conditions and regulatory changes that allow for a savings and a new source of energy that protects the environment and our quality of life,” said McLaughlin.