sPower, Borrego finish off construction of two solar projects on Long Island

sPower and Borrego Solar Systems on Nov. 2 announced the completion of and connection to PSEG-Long Island’s electrical grid of the sPower Sutter and Sterlington solar projects in the Town of Riverhead, Suffolk County, Long Island.

The two projects make up the sPower Riverhead Solar Farm. With a combined system size of 6.3 MW (ac) (9.1MW dc), Riverhead Solar will produce more than 12 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually.

“Bringing the Riverhead Solar project online required a coordinated collaboration from all parties from our EPC partner to PSEG-LI to local municipalities. We are pleased to have successfully achieved commercial operation,” said Ryan Creamer, sPower CEO.

sPower has a third project in Suffolk County under construction with Borrego Solar as the EPC. All three projects will supply energy to PSEG-LI under the utility’s first Clean Solar Initiative Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program and will make sPower the owner of the largest portfolio of solar facilities under the program. The projects are the largest to come online under the FIT program and are among the first completed utility-scale solar projects in New York State.

“These projects are a great example of successful solar development work on behalf of sPower,” said Brian von Moos, VP of Utility Project Development at Borrego Solar. “The site is adjacent to a substation, which makes interconnecting with PSEG-LI ideal.”

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, with offices in San Francisco, Long Beach and New York City, sPower is a leading independent power producer that owns and/or operates more than 150 utility and commercial distributed electrical generation systems across the United States and the United Kingdom. With greater than 1.7 GW between construction and pipeline, sPower is actively buying select renewable assets in virtually any stage of development in North America and the UK. sPower is a portfolio company of Fir Tree Partners, a global investment fund.

Established in 1980, Borrego is one of the nation’s leading designers, developers, installers, O&M providers and financiers of commercial and utility solar power systems. With more than three decades of experience and more than 1,100 solar power installations completed—totaling over 170 MW—Borrego Solar offers a complete line of solar system design and installation services throughout North America.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.