Corning Incorporated announced Thursday it is building a solar array at its Corning Life Sciences (CLS) facility in Oneonta, and the company has entered into a solar–power purchase agreement to further support its commitment to clean energy.
“Corning is continuously working toward reducing its carbon footprint and environmental impact,” said Tom Capek, senior vice president and chief engineer. “Solar projects, like the one at our Oneonta plant, are another step toward using more renewable energy and preserving our environment. Corning is committed to pursuing renewable energy sources in order to help reduce energy costs while providing a greener power source for the community.”
The array will be Corning’s first solar project in New York state, and Corning’s 11th worldwide. The ground-mounted solar array will be constructed by Ontario, New York-based company GreenSpark Solar and is expected to be completed in summer 2019.
Corning has entered into the power purchase agreement with Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure, which will own the solar array. The electricity generated will go directly into the New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) grid and be distributed to consumers. The solar array will produce more clean energy for consumers, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the community.
“Corning has been a proud member of the Oneonta community for more than 50 years and has always strived to be responsible users of energy resources,” said Ben Williams, site energy manager with Corning’s Global Energy Management program. “We are excited to be helping ‘green’ NYSEG’s grid by increasing renewable energy production in Oneonta.”