Solar Growth in the City of Yonkers
The City of Yonkers is proud to support the installation of solar power systems on homes and businesses. Yonkers partnered with NYSolarSmart and adopted the New York State Unified Solar Permit to streamline and expedite the application process for residential and small business solar installations (12kW or less). The City of Yonkers is seeing the rate of solar installations rapidly increase in recent years and is home to one of the largest commercial rooftop solar power systems in Westchester County.
Solar Projects in the City of Yonkers
Roger Van Tassell of Yonkers with leased solar panels on his home.
– Ricky Flores, The Journal News
“It pays back in 4½ years. I’m a happy camper right now.”
In 2012, Roger Van Tassel had 14 solar electric panels installed on the roof of his home in Yonkers. Mr. Van Tassel opted to finance his solar installation through a Power Purchase Agreement with his solar contractor. He paid $4,750 for a 20 year loan commitment which included the installation and maintenance costs. After the solar electric system was installed, Mr. Van Tassel saved 67% on his monthly electricity bill.
Greyston President and CEO Mike Brady (left) and Greyston Foundation President Steve Brown (right) accept a $33,000 check from Green Mountain Sun Club manager, Tony Napolillo, inside the Greyston Bakery. Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
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Baking with Sunshine!
Greyston Bakery in Yonkers installed 36 solar panels to produce 10,000 kWh of electricity each year thanks to Green Mountain Energy Sun ClubTM. Each year it’s estimated this 8.82-kilowatt array can avoid 11,800 lbs. of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by not relying on the conventional production of fossil fuel-based electricity. The Sun Club is a unique program enabling residential customers, including many in Yonkers, to provide solar power and educational information to non-profit organizations, like Greyston Foundation.
Unveiling of rooftop solar power generation plant at i.Park Hudson in Yonkers, NY. Pictured (L to R): Yonkers Councilman Michael Sabatino, Council President Check Lesnick, Councilman Christopher Johnson, Michael Hastings, CEO of Half Moon Ventures (solar plant designer/builder), developer Erik J. Rucker, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Park Hudson owner Joe Cotter, and Ray Melarczik of Tancora, Inc. (electrical sub-contractor).
One of New York’s Largest Rooftop Solar Energy Projects
The City of Yonkers is proud to be home to one of the largest rooftop solar energy projects in Westchester County. The solar installation features 3,700 solar panels on a roof the size of two football fields. A solar electric system this size is expected to produce 1.2 million kWh of electricity per year – enough to power over 120 homes for a year. The solar contractor, Half Moon Ventures, believes there are a number of commercial opportunities to replicate this model throughout the region.
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Director of Sustainability
City of Yonkers