Ithaca, N.Y. — The City of Ithaca has signed an agreement for the construction of a solar array on 10 acres of land at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.

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Under the 20-year Power Purchase Agreement, the 2.4 megawatt solar array is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Mayor Svante Myrick said the initiative will reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 874 tons a year.

“It took a lot of internal discussion, a lot of cross-departmental collaboration, to make this happen. Ultimately Common Council voted unanimously to approve the agreement,” the mayor said in a press release.

The initiative will reduce the same amount of GHG emissions as that produced by the electricity use of 120 homes, said Sustainability Coordinator Nick Goldsmith, who is leading the project.

Solar provider Solar City will be in charge of designing, installing and maintaining the system. Through an arrangement for remote net-metering, Ithaca will purchase electricity from Solar City, which in turn will feed power into the NYSEG grid. The city of Ithaca will then receive monetary credit for each kilowatt hour in the form of a reduced electric bill.

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