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April 13, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Solar Professionals Gather at Central Hudson’s Eighth Annual Solar Summit 

Solar installers, advocacy organizations and state energy officials attended Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation’s eighth annual Solar Summit, held on April 9 at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie. With growing interest in the development of renewable sources of energy, this annual event offers key stakeholders the opportunity to learn of the latest trends and discuss the evolving energy landscape in the Mid-Hudson Valley and New York State.

“On a per capita basis, Central Hudson’s service territory is home to the greatest number of customer-owned solar installation in the state,” said Paul E. Haering, Senior Vice President of Engineering and System Operations at Central Hudson. “We’re proud that our region holds a leadership position, thanks to the high level of interest in renewable energy, the strong commitment demonstrated by local solar professionals and Central Hudson’s programs and initiatives that enable solar connections to the utility grid. We’re committed to helping to develop more local distributed energy resources, including solar, by making smart investments in our electric system to increase the level of clean energy sources right here in the Mid-Hudson Valley.”

Nearly 100 industry professionals attended the summit, which offered installers information on the technical and procedural aspects of interconnecting solar electric systems with the utility grid; the newest advances and tools developed by Central Hudson, state energy and advocacy groups to assist developers and promote smart solar development; and the latest in New York State solar policy. Solar Summit attendees also learned of progress made toward battery development and large-scale energy storage; development of community solar projects, that allow businesses and residents to acquire electricity produced by local solar farms; statewide advocacy efforts by New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA); and assistance and resources for local governments in navigating solar development in their communities by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

“As of February, nearly 7,800 homes, businesses and municipalities within Central Hudson’s service area have installed solar electric systems, representing more than 75 megawatts of solar capacity, with the capability of offsetting nearly 3,500 tons greenhouse gas emissions per year,” said Haering. He said that in addition to these interconnected systems, more than 300 solar systems are proposed, including community solar projects; and when constructed will add nearly 135 megawatts of capacity that would offset more than 6,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

Michael Razanousky, Senior Project Manager at NYSERDA and speaker at the Solar Summit said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, we are making solar more affordable and accessible for New Yorkers. Since 2011, solar power in New York has increased more than 1,000 percent and it will continue to grow with strong support from local leaders such as Central Hudson.”

Learn more about renewable energy, distributed generation and energy efficiency programs at www.CentralHudson.com/dg.

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Central Hudson representatives met with attendees to discuss the interconnection process for solar facilities and other aspects of solar development.