City Booard Adopts New Legal guidelines Rearding Solar Panels and Solar Energy Storage Gadgets
At the Yorktown Town Board meeting on September 22nd, the board passed new laws regulating solar panels and solar power storage.
The new laws establish orderly rules for owners who want to install solar panel arrays and solar power storage. The laws came into effect immediately.
“We’re bringing Yorktown to the fore in renewable energy by making it easy to install equipment to reduce carbon emissions in a smart and orderly way,” said Supervisor Matt Slater. “Reducing Yorktown’s carbon footprint is critical as we face increasingly violent storms, which scientists say are caused by global warming. We all have a role to play in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. “
Yorktown’s actions are in line with the New York State Energy Plan for 2015, which targets a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels and 50% renewable energy production.
“This really affects the whole issue of climate change,” said Councilor Alice Roker after the vote.
Yorktown is also the first Westchester County community to provide a regulatory framework for energy storage systems.
“Yorktown is a leader in renewable energy and storage,” said Julie Tighe, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters. “On the way to Climate Week, we need more communities like Yorktown to implement policies like this that reduce theirs.” CO2 footprint and emissions reduction. NYLCV commends Yorktown supervisor Matt Slater for his leadership role. “
Both renewable energies and energy storage systems are considered cornerstones for microgrids. New York State began investing in microgrids in 2015 by launching the state’s $ 40 million energy competition, the NY Prize, which focused on proposals.
Swarnav Pujari, chairman of the Climate Smart Communities Task Force in Yorktown, welcomed the passage of both laws, saying, “This was a collaborative process that the Climate Smart Communities Task Force was proud of. Yorktown is a leader in renewable energy today while making sure that the integrity of our neighborhoods is preserved. “
Before the law was passed, the Yorktown City Code provided no method of approving or disapproving solar projects other than rooftop solar panels. City officials were presented with several solar projects that required the new solar laws, including the IBM Solar Carport and a similar proposal at the Granite Knolls Sports Complex that could potentially generate revenue for the city.
City council members noted that all of Yorktown’s environmental and land-use ordinances continue to apply to proposed solar projects.
“This is not everyone can do what they want,” said City Councilor Vishnu Patel. “We’re going through the same process.”
The new solar laws complement Yorktown’s new partnership with Sustainable Westchester to bring affordable solar power to residents. Sustainable Westchester is a not for profit that works with local governments on a variety of environmental endeavors.
The nonprofit will help Yorktown validate the registration of its electricity accounts in community solar projects for financial savings and positive environmental impact. A community solar project consists of a series of panels that are installed in a sunny location. Anyone can access the clean energy produced by these solar panels and get credits for their utility bills.