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March 10, 2017
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Solar Professionals Gather at Central Hudson’s Seventh Annual Solar Summit

Solar installers, educators, advocacy organizations and state energy officials attended Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation’s seventh annual Solar Summit, held on March 9 at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie, to discuss the latest industry developments. This event is one example of why Central Hudson has been nationally recognized as a leader in solar development by the Solar Electric Power Association since 2007.

More than 100 interested professionals attended the summit, which offered installers information on the technical and procedural aspects of interconnecting solar electric systems with the utility grid; advances made by utility companies, state regulators and advocacy groups to promote smart solar development; and the latest in New York State solar policy. Solar Summit attendees also learned of statewide advocacy efforts by New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA); financing options by Energize New York; the application process and programs for solar installations by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); the New York Solar Map and Portal by Sustainable CUNY; and current steps underway by regulators, utilities and stakeholders to facilitate further integration of distributed energy resources.

“We’re proud that when it comes to solar development, our region holds a leadership position due to the high level of interest in renewable energy and the strong commitment demonstrated by local solar professionals,” said Paul E. Haering, Senior Vice President of Engineering and System Operations at Central Hudson. “We’re committed to connecting more local distributed energy resources, including solar, by making smart investments in our electric system to help increase the level of clean energy sources right here in the Mid-Hudson Valley,” he said.

As of January, nearly 6,900 homes, businesses and municipalities within Central Hudson’s service area have installed solar electric systems, representing more than 63 megawatts of solar capacity, with the capability of offsetting nearly 3,000 tons greenhouse gas emissions per year.

“The Solar Summit is a great event,” said Melissa Kemp, NYSEIA Board Member and former Policy Co-Chair. “It’s encouraging and exciting to see utilities that want to foster relationships with individuals who represent key perspectives. I appreciate these opportunities to speak candidly so we can deliver more value to the electric grid and to the residents of New York.” She further explained that the event provides a forum for stakeholders and representatives to share their thoughts and experiences that are essential to advancing solar development.

“The Solar Summit is a great opportunity for those working in the solar industry discuss the latest industry trends and policy developments with Central Hudson, NYSERDA, and the Department of Public Service,” said Dave Crudele, Project Manager with NYSERDA. “This kind of information sharing and dialogue leads to greater collaboration in the industry, thereby strengthening New York’s solar market and supporting Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s commitment to improving the efficiency, affordability, and reliability of energy systems across the state.”

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Central Hudson’s seventh Annual Solar Summit provided local professionals with the latest information advancing solar development. Top: Central Hudson representative Diana Barton (left) discusses an area solar project with a local developer. Bottom: Panelists provide comments on the technical aspects of solar development. From left is Jason Pause of the NYS Dept. of Public Service, David Crudele of NYSERDA, Heather Adams of Central Hudson and Melissa Kemp of NYSEIA.