- Community solar project in Portland, N.Y. participates in NY-Sun program, SolarBank secures $1.15 million in incentives for the project.
- Project completed by SolarBank through development and EPC agreement with Solar Troupsburg LLC, a subsidiary of Gosh Enterprises, Inc.
- The system will produce approximately 4.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity in its first year of operation, equivalent to reducing more than 100 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through the system’s 35-year life span.
Toronto, Ontario, March 14, 2023 — SolarBank Corporation (CSE: SUNN) (“SolarBank” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce achievement of commercial operation and financial closing on a 3.544-megawatt (“MW”) community solar power project in Portland, New York. The project has been sold to a subsidiary of Columbus, Ohio-based Gosh Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of Charleys Cheesesteaks, Bibibop Asian Grill, Lenny’s Grill and Subs, and non-profit Charley’s Kids.
SolarBank originated the site in western New York and took the project through full permitting and development before selling to Gosh Enterprises, subsequently delivering the turnkey project to commercial operation via an engineering, procurement, and construction (“EPC”) agreement. The solar power project passed its final New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) NY-Sun Program inspection and has been placed in commercial operation. SolarBank secured more than $1.15 million in NY-Sun incentives for the solar system.
The community solar project, which enrolls local subscribers for the power output, is nearly fully subscribed. The system will produce approximately 4.6 million kilowatt hours of green electricity in its first year of operation.
“This project is a demonstration of the various opportunities available today in the solar market and our diverse strategies to lead projects of different scope and scale from origination to commercial operation,” said Dr. Richard Lu, Chief Executive Officer of SolarBank. “Gosh Enterprises, which has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in solar projects since inception over a decade ago as the brainchild of Gosh founder and serial entrepreneur Charley Shin, is a beacon for sustainability while providing its clients an environmentally friendly ways to lower power costs. We hold their team in the highest regard and look forward to continuing a long relationship as we work collectively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for a better planet.”
About SolarBank Corporation
SolarBank Corporationis an independent renewable and clean energy project developer focusing on distributed and community solar projects in Canada and the USA. The Company develops solar projects that sell electricity to utilities, commercial, industrial, municipal and residential off-takers. The Company maximizes returns via a diverse portfolio of projects across multiple leading solar markets including projects with utilities, host off-takers, community solar, and virtual net metering projects. The Company has developed over 1,000 renewable and clean energy projects with a combined capacity of over 60 megawatts built. It currently has a potential development pipeline of over 700 megawatts. To learn more about SolarBank, please visit www.solarbankcorp.com.
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