NextEra breaks ground on solar projects in New York that can generate more than 5 MW

A NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) said May 11 that it has started construction on two distributed generation solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Oneida County, N.Y., which together will have the capacity to produce 5.2 MW DC of solar power.

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC said in a news release that the two ground-mounted fixed-array systems will feature a combined total of 17,086 solar modules from Suntech Power and Canadian Solar.

Oneida County will purchase the electricity generated over the term of a 25-year power purchase agreement with NextEra, and the subsidiary will own, operate and maintain the systems for the life of the contract. The projects are expected to reach commercial operation by October 2015.

The projects are utilizing funding incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Competitive PV program, which are intended to dramatically increase solar capacity and move the state of New York closer to its vision of a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry.

“This is a long-term plan, with no cost to county government, which will result in long-term savings over a 25-year period,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr.

NextEra Energy Resources operates about 785 MW of solar energy projects, according to its website.

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