Borrego Solar building several small solar projects in New York

Borrego Solar Systems in Dec. 5 comments filed with the New York State Public Service Commission, said it now has more than14 MW of solar projects in construction in the state.

Borrego was providing input on the state Department of Public Service’s Oct. 27 staff report and recommendations in the Value of Distributed Energy Resources Proceeding (VDER Proposal).

Borrego Solar noted that is one of the most experienced solar power providers in the nation, having been founded in 1980 and installed over 270 MW of ground, carport, and roof-mounted solar projects. It has completed over 43 MW across eight projects in New York, including:

  • Houghton College (2.6 MW);
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College (2.6 MW);
  • three Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) FIT projects including a 4.0 MW and a 9.1 MW project both in Calverton, Long Island, and a 14.2 MW project in LIPA-PSEG at Leavenworth;
  • a 2.9 MW project for Ithaca College in Seneca;
  • a 4.8 MW project on Bridge Street in Selkirk with the Town of Bethlehem; and
  • two projects located on Sutliff Road in Rome at about 2.6 MW each.

Borrego Solar said it also has a number of additional projects under construction in New York State totaling more than 14 MW including;

  • a 5.3 MW project in Whitehall for ORDA Gore Mountain;
  • a 2.8 MW installation on Route 67 in Amsterdam;
  • a 4.8 MW project in Lisbon; and
  • a 1.4 MW project in Gouverneur.

Earlier this year, Borrego Solar launched an energy storage division, marking the company’s first-ever expansion beyond solar photovoltaic systems.

Borrego Solar said it has been actively engaged in the VDER process, and continues to believe that this process – particularly when combined with appropriate retail rate reforms – represents the start of an important and positive shift in the relationship between independent distributed generation providers, utilities, and electricity consumers. Borrego Solar is a member of the Solar Energy Industries Association and the NY Solar Energy Industries Association, and supports the comments of these organizations in this docket.

In addition, it offered a number of suggestions for improving the VDER Proposal, including:

  • Grandfathering: Borrego Solar supports staff’s proposal to grandfather remote net metering projects. Borrego Solar also supports staff’s proposal to grandfather community distributed generation (CDG) projects, but suggests several improvements that are necessary to ensure a smooth transition to the interim tariff.
  • Energy: Borrego Solar supports use of the zonal hourly LBMP as the energy component of the value stack, and requests that the commission clarify that this component includes all three elements of the LBMP (energy, congestion, and losses).
  • Capacity: Borrego Solar supports the use of the capacity element of the retail supply charge as the capacity component of the value stack, and recommends that staff specify that the SC1 rate will be used for the interim tariff.
  • Environmental: Borrego Solar supports using the NYSERDA REC price as the default value for the environmental component of the interim value stack, but suggests that this issue should be revisited during the Phase 2 tariff discussions.
  • Market Transition Credit: Borrego strongly supports the inclusion of a Market Transition Credit for CDG projects, and offers a number of suggestions for improving this element of the value stack.
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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.