Dutchess launches ambitious solar energy plan

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County is
going to build a solar farm at the county airport in the Town of Wappinger
and it is estimated it will generate two megawatts of electricity to help
power the facilities and provide a savings to the county.

County Executive Marcus Molinaro also said the county will embark in the
SolarizeDutchess and Energize NY finance plan.

Those programs are aimed at making it easier and more affordable for county
residents to take advantage of solar opportunities. The Department of
Planning and Development will partner with Sustainable Hudson Valley,
which received state funding, to leverage technical assistance and resources
from New York State Energy Research and Development Agency and the NY-SUN
PV Trainer’s Network.

SolarizeDutchess will be part of the SolarizeMidHudson program and have
access to economic incentives available via grants and limited time, volume
purchase pricing, streamline the contractor process for customers and
provide education via “solar ambassadors,” who have already
solarized their homes and businesses and will answer questions and offer
training courses for planning and zoning boards regarding solar energy.