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Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses (ConEdison CEB) is looking for landowners and developers who are interested in exploring options for utilizing their land for the purpose of developing a renewable solar energy project.

Since 2008, ConEdison CEB has developed and continues to own and operate more than 2,700 MW/AC of renewable solar and more than 300 MW/AC of wind generation assets across 21 states and is the second largest owner and operator of solar assets in North America. Our portfolio of assets includes large utility scale grid connected projects that span hundreds of acres and whose generating capacity ranges from 100 to 350 MW/AC, medium scale Community Solar projects that range in size from 1 MW/AC to 5 MW/AC, and small-scale projects that are on rooftops of homes, schools, and businesses.

Our effort has resulted in an annual contribution to the environment equal to the reduction in green-house gas emissions of more than 767,000 passenger vehicles driven, CO2 emissions reduction equal to 397 million gallons of gasoline consumed, 8 million fewer barrels of oil consumed, and carbon sequestered by over 4.3 million acres of U.S. forests.

As we continue to work to green the American energy supply, we are looking for those who can support us in this critical mission. If you own land suitable for a solar farm or are a developer of renewable projects and are interested in exploring opportunities to work with ConEdison CEB, please contact us to discuss the resources we have available to support you.

Landowner or Developer Opportunity

As a landowner you can extract value from your land today and for generations to come and improve the environmental footprint of the region where you live, with the development of a renewable solar farm.  ConEdison CEB will work with you to evaluate whether your land is a good candidate for development.   Sites best suited for development are parcels that are 30 acres or more, contiguous, relatively flat, and in close proximity to a utility substation.

Should your land be suitable for a solar farm, ConEdison CEB will work with you to buy or lease your land for the life of the project, ranging from 20 to 25 years.  Lease and purchase prices are market based.  At the end of the term of the lease agreement ConEdison CEB will either extend the contract term or provide for the removal of the solar farm.

In each of the states in which we operate and where we are pursuing Community Solar opportunities, ConEdison CEB develop project opportunities for the purpose of building, owning, operating, maintaining, and fulfilling its obligation under the state and utility Community Solar program rules over the term of the program, ranging from 20 to 25 years.  We work with state, local, and utility designated authorities, zoning boards, town councils, and a regional community of resources to engineer, permit, and construct our projects.

If you have land that may be suitable for a community solar farm please contact us:

About Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses

At ConEdison CEB we are committed to creating a sustainable energy future, for our nation, the generations that follow, and worldwide through the development of renewable energy resources.

ConEdison CEB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (ED), the longest continually traded stock on the New York Stock Exchange, with $62.9 billion in assets and $12 billion in annual revenue (2020).  In 2016, ConEdison CEB was formed and is the corporate parent of Con Edison Development, Con Edison Energy, and Con Edison Solutions, CEI subsidiaries formed following the deregulation of the utility industry in New York in 1996.

Con Edison CEB is the second largest developer/owner/operator of solar facilities in the United States with over 2700 MW/AC in solar assets, including utility scale, small scale, and community solar facilities.  In addition, Con Edison CEB has built, owns, and operates over 300 MW/AC of wind generation.  Con Edison CEB has 150 operating assets in 21 states across the United States.  In 2018, Con Edison CEB entered into an agreement with Johnson Controls, Inc. to provide battery storage services including the technology and long-term operational commitment, to large commercial entities and to incorporate into its large-scale grid connected assets.  In 2020, Con Edison CEB purchased a portfolio of Community Solar projects in development from Clean Energy Collective, LLC.

More About Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses

Consolidated Edison Inc. Corporate Structure

Since 1823, the Con Edison family of companies has been committed to developing, preserving, securing, and enhancing the viability and sustainability of our nation’s energy infrastructure.  Our values – Excellence, Teamwork, Honesty, Courtesy, Concern, and Service – are the bedrock of our company, and the foundation upon which all we accomplish is built. 

Consolidated Edison, Inc., was one of the first public utilities in the U.S., and our stock is the oldest continuously traded public company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ED).  Consolidated Edison, Inc. has $62.9 billion in assets and $12 billion in revenue (2020).CEI carries investment grade senior unsecured ratings from Standard & Poor’s BBB+, Moody’s Baa2, and Fitch BBB+. 

With more than 15,000 employees, Consolidated Edison, Inc. operates the most reliable electric utility in the world, the largest and most reliable steam distribution system in the world and is the 2nd largest utility-scale solar owner/operator and maintenance provider in North America.  

As shown in organization chart below, the Consolidated Edison, Inc. portfolio consists of multiple companies:  the regulated utilities – Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., and Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (both regulated by the New York State Public Service Commission) and Con Edison Transmission (regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), and the three Clean Energy Businesses – Con Edison Development, Con Edison Energy, and Con Edison Solutions.

Consolidated Edison, Inc. (CEI) Organizational Structure

Con Edison Company of New York

Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (CECONY) is the electric, natural gas, and steam utility distribution company that serves New York City and Westchester County in New York State.  CECONY manages the distribution of approximately 57 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity annually, and maintains, and optimizes 726MW of co-generation that provides for the distribution of approximately 19,979 million pounds (MMlbs) of steam annually to approximately 1,700 facilities serving 3 million people. 

Orange and Rockland Utilities

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison Inc., is a regulated electricity and natural gas utility serving approximately 300,000 customers in south-eastern New York and adjacent areas in New Jersey, with a service territory of approximately 1,300 square miles. 

Con Edison Transmission

In 2016, Con Edison Inc. formed Con Edison Transmission (CET) to invest in the development and construction of FERC-regulated interstate electricity and natural gas transmission infrastructure.

Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses

Consolidated Edison, Inc. pursues energy opportunities nationwide through its subsidiary, Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc. (Con Edison CEB), which includes its wholly-owned subsidiaries: Con Edison Development, Con Edison Energy, and Con Edison Solutions.  The Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses are headquartered in Valhalla, New York.

Con Edison Development (a Con Edison Clean Energy Business)

Consolidated Edison Development, Inc.’s (CED) principal business is the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of renewable energy generation plants.  As of 2021, CED was the 2nd largest owner and operator of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation in North America, owing and operating 2,700MW/AC of grid-connected solar generation, over 300MW of wind, and 8MW of lithium battery storage across 21 states. 

Con Edison Energy (a Con Edison Clean Energy Business)

Con Edison Energy, Inc. (CEE) manages over 10,000 MW’s of independently owned fossil fuel generation plants serving the PJM, NEPOOL, CAISO, and NYISO power pools.  CEE is responsible for fuel procurement, hedging, scheduling, and settlement for over 40 facilities.  In addition, CEE manages 650 MWs of third party owned renewable generation, providing asset-management services including consulting, strategic planning, and core logistical services such as bidding and scheduling, renewable energy credit (REC) management, and hedge execution. CEE services include all operational, trading, and settlement functions required to manage and optimize renewable assets.

Con Edison Solutions (a Con Edison Clean Energy Business)

Consolidated Edison Solutions, Inc. (CES), is an energy services firm serving federal government and state and local government.  CES’s projects include designing and installing of major energy efficiency projects and on-site generation, co-generation systems, and renewable energy solutions.  CES has developed energy infrastructure projects valued at more than $2 billion. CES is an approved provider under the Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) program and has performed work for the Department of Defense, Department of Labor (DOL), General Services Administration (GSA), United States Postal Service (USPS), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). 

Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses Experience

Since 2010, ConEdison CEB has consistently expanded its presence in the solar market. Our portfolio of assets includes over 75 large scale solar and wind grid connected projects, whose electricity generation feeds into the power pools throughout the United States and approximately 75 small scale projects.  Our small-scale projects include Community Solar farms that provide subscribers to the solar farm the opportunity to support the development of solar power in their local community and power purchase agreements that enable primarily towns and schools the opportunity to achieve their renewable goals utilizing local facilities, and funding the installation by paying for the energy produced over a long term contract with the CEB.

Our emphasis on Community Solar development, has grown as the states that are passing legislation that supports the framework for the development of Community Solar projects has expanded.  Currently, ConEdison CEB has developed Community Solar projects in New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Maine.  In addition, ConEdison CEB is actively engaged in developing community solar opportunities in Virginia, New Mexico, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio.

In each of the states in which we operate and where we are pursuing Community Solar opportunities we work with state, local, and utility-designated authorities, zoning boards, town councils, and a regional community of resources to engineer, permit, and construct our projects.  With more than 400 employees throughout the United States, ConEdison CEB maintains a team of experts in the fields of project identification, evaluation, development, permitting, engineering, construction, project management, financing, subscription management, and operations and maintenance services.

If you wish to speak to our team of experts about how your land can be utilized for Community Solar, please Contact Us. 

Shown below is information and links on some of our Community Solar and Small Scale Solar projects.

Case Studies – Community Solar and Small Scale PPA Projects

Marbletown

Situated in the picturesque, Hudson River Valley in New York state, our Marbletown Community Solar Farm is 3.0 MW/AC and covers approximately 25 acres and produces over 5.5 million kwh of electricity annually.  Nestled in the dairy farm country of the Catskill mountains this farm will produce enough electricity to serve approximately 550 homes annually and will reduce the environmental footprint by 3898 equivalent metric tons of carbon dioxide to the neighboring farms and communities for each of the next 25 years.   The development process including leasing the property, obtaining town approval, and appropriate permits was about 24 months, while farm construction was about 6 month period.  Approval to operate was approved by the utility in early 2021.

Northampton

Located in the heart of higher education, in Massachusetts, the Northampton Community Solar Farm is 4.2 MW/AC and covers approximately 25 acres and produces over 7.1 million kwh of electricity annually.  Situated on a former quarry site, Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, purchased the land, cleared it of construction debris accumulated over the life of the quarry, and embarked on transforming the site from a wasteland and environmental deterrent to a contributing sustainable energy resource landmark for the region.  Surrounded by Smith College, WPI, University of MA at Amherst, and Mt. Holyoke, the Northampton Community Solar farm is an acknowledgement of the advancement of clean technologies to our society today and for generations to come.  The farm will reduce green-house gas emissions equivalent to over 1.2 million miles driven per year.  The development process including obtaining town approval and appropriate permits was approximately 24 months, while farm construction occurred over a 6 month period.  Approval to operate was approved by the utility in the first quarter of 2020.

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York Portfolio

In 2019, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses developed a relationship to build Community Solar projects, on Archdiocese owned facilities.  Over the past two years we have constructed four Community Solar projects totaling 700 kw/AC.   Located on school rooftops throughout the New York City area, the Community Solar sites, provide energy savings benefits to over 35 Archdiocese facilities including rectories, convents, and churches through subscriptions to the distributed generation net crediting program provided by the New York utility, Con Edison Company of New York.   The projects contribute to the sustainability goals of the Archdiocese of New York and enhance the lives of the members of the communities in which they serve.

Fairhaven 

The Fairhaven Community Solar farm is situated outside the Town of Fairhaven within Bristol County Massachusetts.  A town of over 16,000 people on the south coast of MA where the Acushnet River flows into Buzzards Bay, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean and home to the Northeast Maritime Institute.  The farm was completed in September of 2021, and covers approximately 25 acres.  It has an energy capacity of 2,875 kw/AC and an annual output of 4,800,000 kwh.  For each of the 20 years that the farm will operate, it will displace greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 740 cars, CO2 emissions equal to the electricity use of 618 homes, and sequester carbon equal to that of 4,168 acres of U.S. forest.

Other Case Studies

Assumption College Ground-mounted Solar PPA

Putnam Valley Central School District

Spackenkill Union Free School District

Columbia SC Airport Ground-mounted Solar EPC

Warwick Central School District

Boston Scientific

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  1. What is community solar?
  • Community solar programs are established through state legislation and implemented in conjunction with your local public service commission and utility. A Community solar farm is a remote solar farm that generates renewable electricity for distribution through the local utility’s power lines.  Residences and businesses who elect to support the construction of the Community Solar farm, subscribe to a farm, and receive savings for their participation as a credit on their utility bill.
  1. How does leasing my land for a solar farm help me maintain the value of my property?
  • Leasing your land for solar development generates a steady flow of income for the life of the solar farm, which can range from 20 to 35 years. Con Edison CEB, will build and operate a solar farm on your land and you will receive annual lease payments from us. This will enable you to monetize the value of underutilized land while retaining ownership of the land.
  1. What makes land ideal for solar?
  • Many factors influence whether your land is suitable for solar development. An ideal parcel is 30 or more acres, that is relatively flat, with few wetlands, and is near an electrical substation. If you are uncertain about whether your land meets our criteria, it makes sense to talk with us. Start the process by filling out the Landowner & Developer Contact Form.
  1. How long will the solar project be operational?
  • The length of a solar project varies depending on the state you are located in. Our projects operate for 20 to 35 years. During this time, our team will be monitoring and addressing any operational or maintenance concerns regarding the solar farm.
  1. Do Community solar projects make noise?
  • Solar facilities produce no discernible noise. Although inverters generate a sound that might be described as a soft hum, this sound is inaudible from the solar farm boundary.
  1. Do solar panels pose an EMF risk?
  • Electric and magnetic frequencies (EMF) are common in our daily lives. EMF produced by appliances such as cell phones, radios, and microwaves are 30,000 Hz. Solar systems generate 500 times less EMF than these appliances.
  1. Will I still be able to use my land if I lease it for solar development?
  • You will not be able to use the acreage within the solar farm boundary. However, you may continue to use all land on your property that has not been designated to generate solar energy.
  1. What factors go into how valuable my land is for solar energy?
  • Many factors can increase the value of your land for solar development. The size and topography of your lot, distance to an electrical substation, state incentives, and ease of access to your property are a few characteristics that impact the value of your land for a solar farm application.
  1. What is an option period?
  • An option period refers to the planning phase before a lease agreement is signed. This period gives us time to study whether your land is suitable for a solar project and allows us to obtain all necessary permits. During this period, you may continue to use your land that is slated for solar development.
  1. Am I paid during the option period?
  • Yes, you will receive annual reservation payments throughout the option period.
  1. How will I get paid if I lease my land for community solar?
  • You will receive lease payments on an annual basis.
  1. What happens to the solar equipment once the lease is over?
  • At the end of the project’s useful life, the solar facility will be decommissioned by Con Edison CEB and all equipment will be removed. Our staff will handle all costs and logistics associated with decommissioning the solar farm.
  1. Why should I work with Con Edison Clean Energy Business rather than another developer?
  • Leasing your land for several decades is a big decision. Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses is the 2nd largest solar developer in the nation. We have helped bring 2,700 MW/AC of renewable energy resources into operation across 21 states. Our success stems from our track record of selecting and evaluating opportunities, collaborating with landowners, and effectively managing and maintaining the solar assets over their life.

About Community Solar

Community Solar or Shared Solar programs are a legislative and regulatory framework that provides for medium scale solar projects to be constructed in a geographic area and where consumers and businesses local to the project can participate in the program by subscribing to the project, thus allowing the energy produced by the project to displace energy that would otherwise be generated by fossil fuel facilities, on the local utility distribution grid.  As a result, ANY consumer or business, can now make a contribution to improving their local environment.

Community solar arrangements allow customers to enjoy advantages of solar energy without having to install their own solar energy system. Community solar projects provide an alternative to rooftop PV systems for customers who:

  • Have insufficient solar resources or roof conditions to support a rooftop PV system (due to shading, roof size, or other factors)
  • Do not own their homes or buildings
  • Are unable or unwilling to install an onsite solar PV system for financial or other reasons.

Community solar subscribers typically receive a monthly bill credit for electricity generated by their share of the solar PV system, as if the system were located on their premises.

Community Solar Legislation

In twenty-two states throughout the Country, legislation has been enacted providing a framework for the development, construction, and sale of the power generated from small scale local solar installations (1-5 MWs) to end use customers such as residences and businesses.  These projects, known as Community Solar Farms, generate electricity that is delivered to local utility distribution systems.  Residences and businesses subscribe to farms located in their utility territory, receiving energy credits on their utility bill for their participation in the program.

Community Solar Opportunities by State

Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses develop renewable generation projects across the United States in states where legislation is evolving or established to support a robust marketplace.  We currently own and manage community solar farms in New York and Massachusetts, have developed projects in Illinois, and Maine, and are seeking landowner interest in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio.

 

Legislation By States

Virginia

The Virginia General Assembly, during its 2020 Session, enacted Chapters 1238 (HB 1634) and 1264 (SB 629) of the 2020 Virginia Acts of Assembly. These Acts of Assembly added a new section to the Virginia Code numbered 56-594.3. The section established the Shared Solar Program, which provides customers of Dominion Energy Virginia the opportunity to participate in shared solar projects. Under the program, retail customers may purchase subscriptions in a shared solar facility owned by a subscriber organization. The Code defines a shared solar facility as a facility that generates electricity by means of a solar photovoltaic device with a nameplate capacity that does not exceed 5,000 kilowatts of alternating current, is located in Dominion Energy’s service territory in Virginia, and is located on a single parcel of land.

Pennsylvania

On June 3, 2021 Rep. Aaron Kaufer introduced bipartisan legislation– House Bill 1555— authorizing community solar projects which allow neighbors, businesses, farms, and other community members to directly participate in and receive the benefits from a solar project connected to their local electric distribution company’s grid.

This is a companion to Senate Bill 472 (Scavello-R-Monroe) introduced in April 2021.  House Bill 1555 and Senate Bill 472 have been supported by the Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum, the Coalition for Community Solar Access, Community Energy and other groups.

In addition, on August 27, 2021, the House Consumer Affairs Committee held a hearing yesterday featuring testimony in favor of enabling community solar projects in Pennsylvania. The PA Community Solar Economic Alliance lauded the committee’s attention to HB 1555, highlighting the bill’s ability to generate a $1.8 billion stimulus for the commonwealth’s economy and provide financial relief for farmers, landowners, and consumers.

House Bill 1555 would allow over 230 community solar projects to move forward across 48 Pennsylvania counties, including rural, suburban and urban areas. The projects are expected to save Pennsylvanians who subscribe over $30 million annually.  HB 1555 also contains the first-ever prevailing wage requirement included in a Pennsylvania solar bill.

New Mexico

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Energy Transition Act (SB 489) in 2019, which introduced the idea of a community solar program, and also mandated that New Mexico move to 50% renewable energy by 2030.  New Mexico’s Community Solar Act (SB 84), passed on April 5, 2021 establishes the states guidelines for their Community Solar program. The Community Solar Act requires that the Public Regulation Commission finalize the rules process by April 1, 2022.

A study by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research predicts that the community solar project will be a massive boost to New Mexico’s economy. For a small state, the numbers are staggering: 3,760 jobs over the next five years, $517 million in economic benefits, $147 million in labor income, and $2.9 million yearly in tax revenue. Community Solar also offers excellent benefits to small and medium sized landowners, like local farms, many of whom do not possess the amount of property necessary to host a full-scale solar plant. Additionally, projects can partner with local farms and offer landowners revenue for leasing space to solar gardens.

New Jersey

On July 28, 2021, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) voted unanimously to implement a new solar incentive program that will pave the way for up to 3,750 megawatts (MW) of new solar generation by 2026, doubling the state’s solar capacity. The Successor Solar Incentive Program (or “SuSI” Program) is the culmination of a nearly three-year Solar Transition process mandated by the Clean Energy Act of 2018 to replace the State’s Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) program with new incentives that encourage solar development while minimizing ratepayer cost. Solar energy is expected to generate approximately 10 percent of New Jersey’s total electricity needs once the program is fully implemented.

Delaware

June 6, 2021, State Senator Stephanie Hansen (D-Middletown) introduced Senate Bill 2 making it easier to build community solar projects in Delaware.  The bill has support of both the Senate President Pro-temp and the Senate Majority Leaders. SB 2 would update Delaware’s existing law to reflect lessons learned in other states and remove outdated barriers currently preventing community solar from flourishing in the First State.

Senate Bill 2 would provide the legal framework for Delmarva Power customers to take advantage of solar power without needing to install solar panels on their properties. Instead, customers could receive credit on their electric bills by participating in a local community solar project, which could be developed under a variety of ownership, management, and contract models.

Under SB 2, a community solar project would be required to obtain a certificate to operate from the Delaware Public Service Commission, which also would be tasked with developing the rules and regulations around customer participation in conjunction with the Delaware Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Unit.

SB 2 also is supported by the Sierra Club’s Delaware Chapter, the Delaware Electric Vehicle Association, the Delaware Solar Energy Coalition, along with several other industrial and advocacy groups.

Senate Bill 2 has been assigned to the Senate Environment & Energy Committee.  

Wisconsin,

Senator Duey Stroebel (R – Saukville) and Representative Timothy Ramthun (R – Campbellsport) introduced LRB 1902 that would expand access to community solar in Wisconsin. This legislation enables the development of more community solar and supports energy freedom, expands customer choice, saves money on consumers’ utility bills, and creates healthier, more resilient communities.

Community solar expansion would allow more Wisconsin farmers to lease their land to host solar arrays and receive a guaranteed secure income for 25 years or longer.  This drought-resistant cash crop is especially valuable for Wisconsin’s agricultural communities facing economic stress.

The soil underneath the panels can be planted with a variety of native plants and perennials.  In addition to minimizing agricultural runoff and fixing nutrients in the soil, these perennials create a high-quality habitat for bees, butterflies, and other insects that move pollen in and around the fields and improve farm productivity.

When solar panels have reached the end of their useful lives, the equipment can be removed, and crop production can resume on the land that has become more fertile as a result of the native plantings.

Michigan

New legislation has just been proposed in Michigan (House Bills 4715 and 4716) that could overcome the hurdles facing community solar, and, potentially, help demonstrate how other states can do the same.

The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council is supporting the recently introduced legislation that will allow community solar to flourish.

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