From Cornell University:
Cornell University’s Sutton Road Solar Farm is now operational and supplying power to the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.
2-megawatt energy facility that will offset nearly 40 percent of the
annual electricity demand at the experiment
station, the solar farm in Seneca was built beginning last spring and is Cornell's second megawatt-scale solar project.
In September 2014, the university opened the Cornell Snyder Road Solar Farm
with 6,778 photovoltaic panels on an 11-acre plot that adjoins the
Tompkins County Regional Airport in Lansing, Tompkins County. Adding the new
Geneva array to the Lansing facility’s output, the university will
produce about 5,700 megawatt-hours of electricity annually.
“Our researchers are conducting basic and applied research to improve
crops and make them more resilient to disease, drought and the worst
effects of an uncertain climate as we chart a more sustainable
agricultural future,” said Susan Brown, the Goichman Family Director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.
"Within our fruit and vegetable programs we’re studying the best way to
harvest the sun, so it is only fitting that the energy powering our
labs and greenhouses will do the same,” she said.
In September 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced NY-Sun awards for
large solar electric projects that will increase the solar energy
capacity in the state by more than 214 megawatts, a 68 percent increase
over the amount of solar installed. The NY-Sun Initiative strove to
expand the state’s renewable energy market to bring down the costs of
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
administers the NY-Sun awards, and it contributed about one-third of the
project’s capital cost, while private developer Distributed Sun and
Building Energy Asset Management LLC will own and operate the Geneva
Jeff Weiss ’79 is co-chairman and managing director at
Distributed Sun. Cornell will purchase the solar farm’s electricity
through an agreement with the company.