Candor Solar Project Construction Begins

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solar panel constructionConstruction is underway on a solar project for the Candor Central School District.

TST BOCES is working together with Renovus Solar to facilitate the construction of 3,300 solar modules on seven acres of land located on the property of the district’s new bus garage. Upon completion, this solar system is expected to offset approximately 90-100 percent of the school district’s annual energy consumption.

“The Candor Central School District is excited about the financial and environmental benefits of solar energy, as well as the educational benefits for the students,” said Jeff Kisloski, superintendent of the Candor Central School District.

This Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project has been in the works since 2014, when the bus garage property was identified as a possible location for a solar array. The lot included a field behind the garage that would otherwise have gone unused but made an ideal location for the project.

“Renovus is excited to have begun construction on this 1.1 Megawatt solar system that will offset approximately 100 percent of the Candor Central School District’s electric usage and will save the district money,” said Kate Millar, vice president of project development at Renovus Solar. “We believe that this project is an excellent demonstration of how other districts can make the switch to solar.”

TST BOCES was able to secure NYSEG remote net metering monetary credit in 2015, an option that has since been phased out, to help make the project more economically viable.

The project is expected to generate enough electricity to pay itself back in 17 years, a full year less than the 18 years laid out in EPC requirements.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of December 2017.