Thumbs Up: Sunny Skies for Tompkins solar

Tompkins County at the top tier of New York counties for per capita generation of solar power...

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Via Ithaca Journal, 6/19/15

Some surprising sunny statistics out this spring show Tompkins County at the top tier of New York counties for per capita generation of solar power.

The new data from the New York State Energy Research and Development agency shows that 635 solar power systems in Tompkins County produce about 69 kilowatts of power for each 1,000 county residents, the third-highest of all the state's counties.

Much of the credit for all those kilowatts goes to a handful of large commercial and industrial installations, such as Cornell University's 10-acre solar farm near Snyder Road in the Town of Lansing. These large systems produce about half of all the solar power generated in the county.

Small commercial and residential installations in Tompkins County make up about 99 percent of all the solar systems and have an aggregate value of $26 million. On average, each of those systems are producing about 8 kilowatts, an amount of power typical of many residential solar installations.

Panel by panel, Tompkins County residents are investing in a future that sees sunny skies ahead.

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