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City of Saratoga Springs

OFFICE OF COMMISSIONER OF FINANCE



MICHELE D. CLARK-MADIGAN
COMMISSIONER OF FINANCE

474 Broadway - City Hall
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866-2296
518-587-3550
Fax 518-580-0781

M. LYNN BACHNER
Deputy Commissioner

CHRISTINE GILLMETT-BROWN
Director of Finance

KAMERON KLIPPEL
Receiver of Taxes

CATHERINE LOZIER
Principal Account Clerk

FLORENCE C. WHEELER
Payroll Administrator
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Contact: Commissioner of Finance, Michele Madigan
Telephone: (518) 587-3550 ext 2577; (518) 526-9377
Email: michele.madigan@saratoga-springs.org

Re: Successful Bid for Solar on City Landfill


Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan announces that a 2 megawatt solar array on
the Citys landfill is ready to go forward. The Citys contractor, SunEdison, has been
successful in obtaining support from the New York State Energy Research and
Development Authority (NYSERDA) through the Governors NY-Sun Competitive PV
Program. NY-Sun is a $1 billion initiative of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to advance
the scale-up of solar and move the state closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient
solar industry. According to the Governors office, SunEdison and the City of Saratoga
Springs were among a competitive field of applicants-there are 142 winning project sites,
6 in Saratoga County.

The grant will facilitate the construction of solar panels sufficient to match a substantial
portion of the Citys energy requirements. A remote net metering project, the electricity
produced by the Citys solar panels will be directed to National Grid, which in turn will
credit the City for amounts generated.

The solar initiative, entitled Spa Solar Park Development, was presented to the City
Council by Sustainable Saratoga. Madigan immediately sought to sponsor the project,
citing both environmental and financial benefits. I would like to thank Sustainable
Saratoga for its vision and support. Its guidance has been invaluable in making this
project a success and we look forward to a continued partnership with this important
organization.

SunEdison is responsible for construction, operation and maintenance, and ownership of
the solar panels. The landfill is City owned property with otherwise limited use. This is
a win-win all around. It is an environmentally sound project. Energy cost stability is
guaranteed and energy cost savings are highly likely stated Madigan. Next steps include
the negotiation of a Power Purchase Agreement with SunEdison, feasibility work, and
ground breaking.