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DSD Completes 4.3 MW Community Solar Project on Former Landfill in Bethel, NY
The project will provide affordable, clean energy to local residents and businesses
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — September 27, 2023 — DSD Renewables (DSD) has completed construction on a 4.3 MW community solar installation for the Town of Bethel, New York, near the location of the historic Woodstock Music and Arts Fair.
The project has been fully operational since July 2023 and will supply the local community with an estimated 5.1 GWh of affordable, clean energy annually, equivalent to powering over 450 homes and offsetting 3,595 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. Originally developed in support of Bethel’s 2021 Climate Action Plan, the project set out to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from municipal operations, cut energy expenditures, and contribute to New York State’s ambitious climate goals.
“To see this project come to fruition is a big win for the community, and continues the legacy of preservation and action in this iconic region,” says Daniel Sturm, Bethel’s Town Supervisor. “Not only has the DSD team helped us in meeting some of our climate targets and provide energy savings for our local residents, but they’ve also played a major role in supporting clean energy initiatives across the state, and we’re happy to be a part of that.”
“With this project, we were able to transform largely unusable real estate into a [clean] energy generating asset that will provide economic benefits to the community.”
The project was acquired in 2021 by DSD, which managed the construction of the system and will own and operate the completed project long-term, with Arcadia managing project subscriptions. Following a no-cost assessment of the site by the Environmental Protection Agency, portions of the project were built on a closed landfill and a retired sand mine, allowing the community to repurpose real estate that was otherwise unusable.
“With this project, we were able to transform largely unusable real estate into an energy generating asset that will provide economic benefits to the community,” says Kevin Hu, Senior Manager of Asset Acquisitions at DSD. “We’ve been honored to work with Bethel and are happy to add to our track record of successful brownfield projects, which will play an increasingly vital role in our nation’s clean energy future.”
“The Town of Bethel’s commitment to this project has been inspirational.” says Joel Gamoran, VP & GM, Energy Services at Arcadia. “They’ve been a champion for the transformation of this space from a former landfill to a source of clean solar power that will create local jobs and enable residents to save on energy bills for decades to come.”
The community solar project’s offtake will be made up of 40% anchor customers, with 60% going to residents and small businesses.
About DSD Renewables
DSD Renewables (DSD) is a renewable energy solutions platform enabling a more sustainable future by deploying and operating renewable energy solutions, making solar, storage, and EV charging infrastructure more accessible to commercial, industrial, and municipal partners. With in-house expertise, a broad scope of capabilities, and the proprietary DSD Connect Platform, our team provides resources to industry partners and customers across the US, accelerating the deployment and scale of renewable energy to meet aggressive sustainability and net-zero goals. To learn more, visit DSDRenewables.com and connect with us on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.
Arcadia is a climate technology company enabling a zero-carbon economy. By unlocking high-fidelity, global energy data for the first time, the Arc platform combines easy-to-use data and APIs under one roof to allow any company to act on its environmental impact and build the next generation of energy products and climate tech solutions. Arc democratizes access to data from thousands of utility providers in 52 countries, covering more than 95% of US residential and commercial utility accounts. Founded in 2014 on the belief that everyone deserves access to clean energy, Arcadia also manages the nation’s largest community solar portfolio, helping to tackle energy injustice while spurring economic growth with more than 1.8 GW of solar under management. Join us in our mission and find out how you or your business can help achieve the vision of a 100% zero-carbon future at www.arcadia.com.
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