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July 21, 2014
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Continues to Rank Among Top Utilities In Support of Solar Energy

(Washington, D.C.) Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation remains in the top quartile of the nation’s public and private utilities in support of solar energy. The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) ranks Central Hudson 37th out of 285 nationally participating utilities in cumulative capacity of customer-installed solar electric systems in 2013, and 47th in total installed solar capacity overall in their annual Utility Solar Rankings report. SEPA, an educational and non-profit association that helps utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios, has named Central Hudson among the top utilities nationally since 2007.

“Our region once again ranks strongly in solar installations, and we’re honored to be recognized as among the top utilities in support of solar power,” said James P. Laurito, President of Central Hudson. “This recognition is also a testament to our local solar industry and participating customers, and is a reflection of the continued interest in the use and development of clean, renewable energy right here in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Central Hudson works closely with solar energy providers and our customers to help New York State meet its renewable energy goals, for example through our annual Solar Summit and by assisting customers with the process of interconnecting their systems to the local electric grid.”

Residents and businesses with electric generating systems using solar or wind energy may participate in Central Hudson’s Net Metering program, which credits users with excess power returned by their systems onto the local electric grid. Currently, 1,950 Central Hudson customers have installed solar electric systems, with 401 additional systems pending and awaiting installation. Together, they represent more than 26 megawatts of installed and pending capacity, and have the potential to avoid more than 13,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

For more information on Central Hudson’s Net Metering program, visit www.CentralHudson.com/dg; for information on special incentives and rebates for solar powered systems offered through the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, visit www.PowerNaturally.org; and for more information on SEPA, visit www.SolarElectricPower.org.

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