Con Edison Customers Shining And Saving With More Than 100 Megawatts Of Solar
Solar Production Passed Century Mark in 1st Quarter of 2016 -- Con Edison customers now generate more than 100 megawatts of clean, renewable power with solar panels on roofs in New York City and Westchester County
With Earth Day 2016 approaching this week, it's an accomplishment worth noting for Con Edison customers, the utility and public-sector partners that have worked to create a vibrant solar market in the New York City area.
As recently as the end of 2010, the amount of solar generation in New York City and Westchester was only 8.5 megawatts. The pace has accelerated dramatically since then and customers installed nearly 35 megawatts of production in 2015 alone.
"The energy landscape is changing rapidly as customers seek out clean energy options and ways to lower their bills," said Craig S. Ivey, the president of Con Edison. "We want to be at the forefront of our industry's efforts to provide customers with the choices and savings they want. We support policies that make solar energy accessible and that are fair to all our customers."
George and John Utley, the brothers who own manufacturing company Utley's Inc. in Woodside, Queens, are among those using the sun's rays to produce electricity. They hired installer National Grid Energy Management to place atop their factory 80 panels that produce 20 kilowatts. (To see a video, go to: http://bcove.me/xu84g6jc)
The business was paying up to $10,000 a month for electricity during the summer months. John Utley said the panels went into service last November and he is eager to see how much money they cut off the company's electric bill during the summer of 2016.
Utley's, founded in 1945, makes prototype containers for the cosmetics and liquor industries. Clients such as Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden and Cuisinart hire Utley's to make prototype containers and then decide whether they want to have the containers manufactured on a large scale, filled with product and displayed on store shelves.
John Utley said he placed a 10-kilowatt system on his home in New Jersey in 2007, reducing his monthly electric cost by as much as $200, and has since added a five-kilowatt array to his garage.
Seeing the savings he and his brother decided to place panels on their business. The Utleys took advantage of $22,000 in incentives from the New York State Energy Research Development Authority and expect a return on their investment in six years.
Con Edison tries to make the interconnection process as easy and quick as possible for customers who choose solar. The company does not require an engineering review for systems under 25 kilowatts.
The company contributed technical support for the creation of the New York City solar map http://nycsolarmap.com, which shows the solar potential for every building in the city. A page on Con Edison's own website explains the installation process (www.coned.com/solar).
Here's a breakdown by region of the solar installations and solar production in New York City and Westchester County:
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Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $46 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, NY.