Work is underway at the Corning Life Sciences (CLS) facility in Oneonta to build the company’s first solar array in New York. The solar panels will produce more clean energy for consumers, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the community. While this will be Corning’s first solar project in New York state, it will be the company’s 11th worldwide.
“Corning is continuously working toward reducing its carbon footprint and environmental impact,” said Tom Capek, senior vice president and chief engineer. “Solar projects, like the one at our Oneonta plant, is another step toward using more renewable energy and preserving our environment. Corning is committed to pursuing renewable energy sources in order to reduce energy costs while providing a greener power source for the community.”
Corning has entered into a power purchase agreement with Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure, which will own the solar array. The electricity generated will go directly into the New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) grid and be distributed to consumers.
“Corning has been a proud member of the Oneonta community for more than 50 years and has always strived to be responsible users of energy resources,” said Ben Williams, site energy manager with Corning’s Global Energy Management program. “We are excited to be helping ‘green’ NYSEG’s grid by increasing renewable energy production in Oneonta.”
The ground-mounted solar array is being constructed by GreenSpark Solar and is expected to be completed in summer 2019.