SunPower, Goldman Sachs Awarded Big JFK Solar Project

SunPower, Goldman Sachs Awarded Big JFK Solar Project

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has awarded New York City’s single-largest solar energy project – a development at John F. Kennedy International Airport – to SunPower Corp. and Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Group.

Built in partnership with the New York Power Authority
(NYPA), the JFK International Airport Solar Photovoltaic Project will generate
approximately 13 MW of onsite solar and approximately 7.5 MW of battery
storage, including a 6.1 MW community solar generation facility.

The project will encompass Building 141 and Long Term
Parking Lot 9. Building 141 will host approximately 1 MW of rooftop solar, and
Lot 9 will host more than 13 MW of solar and approximately 7.5 MW of energy
storage.

The energy not earmarked for community solar will be used
onsite at JFK, offsetting the Port Authority’s purchase of conventional
electricity sources.

In addition to being the single-largest solar project in New
York City, it is the largest planned community solar project at an airport in
the U.S.

“This innovative solar development at JFK is on a scale
unprecedented in New York City, not to mention nationwide,” says NYPA President
and CEO Gil C. Quiniones.

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“NYPA is proud to be a partner in such a trailblazing
project that will help JFK significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions
while supporting Governor Cuomo’s green energy goals,” he adds. “The fact that
the installation will also provide affordable renewable energy to the local
community makes this a sustainable good-neighbor project worthy of replication
by other facilities.”

SunPower is the solar developer and contractor for the
infrastructure to be built. The financial partner, Goldman Sachs Renewable
Power Group, will hold the power purchase agreement. BlueWave Solar will assist
in providing the surrounding airport community with affordable access to clean
electricity produced by the solar system by managing the associated
subscriptions and billing.

The JFK renewable energy program is part of the Port
Authority’s goal of reducing the agency’s greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by
2025 and advance its long-term goal of an 80% reduction in all emissions by
2050.

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