Sustainability Institute’s Lewis backs largest renewable project ever proposed for Long Island
By Dan McCue
Invenergy, a developer of renewable energy projects in the US, has unveiled plans for the largest renewable project ever proposed for Long Island, NY.
The project, Clean Energy Link, consists of four new wind and two new solar farms located within the 12-state PJM regional power market, with a combined capacity exceeding 700 MW.
All the renewable energy from these projects will be joined into a single portfolio and delivered to Long Island from PJM via a new buried HVDC transmission line, ending at a net-zero converter station on Long Island.
The wind and solar projects will be built across more than 55,000 acres in rural areas in multiple states where land is less expensive and more readily available. This innovative portfolio approach provides economies of scale and unprecedented diversification in technology and geography that will deliver residents of Long Island reliable, clean renewable power at the lowest cost possible.
Invenergy is offering the Clean Energy Link in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 50-by-30 goal - securing 50 percent of the State's energy from renewables by 2030 - and his decision to make that goal binding across New York. With that mandate, the State must develop, deploy and import renewable energy in greater quantities, over shorter time periods, than it has ever done before.
The Clean Energy Link will triple Long Island's renewable resources portfolio. The project will move Nassau and Suffolk from 3 percent in 2015 to more than 10 percent when its power begins to reach Long Island in late 2020.
Neal Lewis, executive director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy University said in a statement that "clean energy is our future, and the Clean Energy Link is certainly something to move forward on.
"If Long Island is going to meet the Governors 50 by 30 mandate, massive amounts of renewable energy are needed. In addition to roof-top solar and on-island solar farms, projects like the Clean Energy Link and off-shore wind must move forward. We must seriously consider all renewable options if we are going to have a clean energy future," Lewis said.
For additional information: Invenergy