October 27, 2016
By Stephanie West
Long Island, NY – Invenergy, the nation’s leading independent developer of renewable energy projects, has announced the largest renewable project ever proposed for Long Island.
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 megawatts. 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.
“Building the Clean Energy Link is the most affordable way to quickly bring new renewable energy to Long Island,” said Dick O’Kane, president of the Nassau-Suffolk Building and Construction Trades Council. “The Clean Energy Link will put Long Islanders to work to provide the region with affordable and reliable clean energy.”
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.
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 — an important first step to begin to meet the Governor’s Clean Energy Standard.
“There is a clear understanding amongst Long Islanders that we need more green energy sources,” said Dick Amper, executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society. “This has been a priority for nearly a decade, but a persistent challenge given Long Island’s limited open space. Now Long Islanders can access renewable energy while preserving our open space. It’s a win-win.”