TRC

Utility-Scale, Distributed Solar Generation

This landmark renewable energy project reflects the Town’s ongoing commitments to sustainable energy, energy security and independence, as well as its Go Solar Initiative targeted at reduction of the Town’s carbon footprint.

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Client

Town of Brookhaven

Project Location

Brookhaven, NY

The Town of Brookhaven, located in Suffolk County, New York, is pursuing development of a utility-scale distributed solar project involving photovoltaic (PV) and thermal energy (TE) generating facilities distributed over Town-owned properties consisting of the Town Hall; an airport; and cultural, recreational, fleet vehicles maintenance and three recycling/waste management sites that include one active and two former landfills. This landmark renewable energy project reflects the Town’s ongoing commitments to sustainable energy, energy security and independence, as well as its Go Solar Initiative targeted at reduction of the Town’s carbon footprint.

Each of the proposed Host Site properties’ PV solar generating facilities (SGFs) are intended to interconnect to the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) local electric distribution system under a single long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). Each of the proposed TE SGFs are intended to deliver thermal energy to selected Town-owned facilities under separate long-term thermal energy service agreements with the Town. The selected SGF developer will also enter into long-term Host Site Lease Agreement(s) with the Town for the distributed SGFs construction, operation and maintenance.

As the Town’s distributed utility-scale SGF Project consultant, TRC is assisting the Town with:

    • Identification, screening and assessments of potential Host Sites
    • Identification of compatible, commercially demonstrated SGF ground mount, roof mount and carport canopy PV and TE systems
    • Structuring of a competitive solicitation (Request For Proposals) process that will culminate in the Town’s selection of a single qualified solar developer responsible for developing, financing, constructing, commissioning, owning, operating and maintaining the distributed utility-scale solar generating facilities on Town-owned properties
    • Monitoring of the project’s development, construction and commissioning phases

    The Town’s solar project will deliver electricity to LIPA’s electric distribution system and thermal energy to certain Town recreation facilities, improve regional air quality through displacement of emissions from LIPA’s on-Island electric generation resources and result in energy cost reductions at Town Hall and selected Town-owned recreational properties.