Invenergy LLC said May 24 that it recently received a unanimous approval from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) on a power purchase agreement (PPA) for its 24.9-MW Shoreham Solar Commons facility in the town of Brookhaven in Long Island, New York.
The facility, which will be the second-largest solar array east of the Mississippi, is expected to generate enough power to supply 3,500 homes, said Invenergy.
Invenergy plans to build Shoreham Solar Commons on Brookhaven’s former Tallgrass Golf Course, which requires no cutting of trees. In fact, Invenergy plans to plant an additional 1,500 trees on the project’s site. The project will also eliminate the use of pesticides and fertilizers on the course, which will directly benefit the Long Island aquifer, the sole source of the area’s fresh water.
“LIPA’s unanimous approval of the power purchase agreement is a huge milestone for this project, which will be the largest of its kind in such close proximity to Manhattan,” said Kevin Parzyck, Invenergy’s Vice President of Development. “With the development of Shoreham Solar Commons, Invenergy aims to solve the energy challenges that face the greater New York City area, the largest, most densely populated city in the nation.”
During construction, Shoreham Solar Commons will create 175 local jobs.
Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Japan and Europe. Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 13,719 MW of projects that are in operation, construction or advanced development, including wind, solar, natural gas-fueled power generation and energy storage projects.