Here Comes the Sun: Cornell Brightens on Solar Array

A proposed solar array would offset nearly 40 percent of the annual electricity demand of Cornell University's agricultural research facilities in Geneva...

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Pictured above is the Snyder Road Solar Farm, Cornell’s first large-scale solar initiative. (Ryan Landvater / Sun Senior Photographer)
Pictured above is the Snyder Road Solar Farm, Cornell’s first large-scale solar initiative. (Ryan Landvater / Sun Senior Photographer)

By Matthew Hayes, via the Ithaca Journal, 11/12/14

A proposed solar array would offset nearly 40 percent of the annual electricity demand of Cornell University's agricultural research facilities in Geneva, according to the university.

The two-megawatt, 10-acre solar farm on university property in the town of Seneca would help reduce its carbon footprint, a major endeavor undertaken by university in recent years. Taking advantage of New York State Electric and Gas Corp.'s remote net metering program, Cornell will receive credit for the electricity the project adds to the grid to offset consumption at other Cornell locations, according to the university.

"The proposed solar farm will provide a long-term, stable and clean energy source for the agricultural experiment station here," Thomas Burr, associate dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, said in a statement.

The project is pending approval from the town of Seneca and finalizing the developer agreement.

In September, the university opened the Cornell Snyder Road Solar Farm with 6,778 photovoltaic panels on an 11-acre plot that adjoins the Tompkins County Regional Airport in Lansing. That array will produce about 2.5 million kilowatts annually, according to Cornell.

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