New York: AT&T inks 15.6MW solar deal in New York

May 17, 2023 | Posted by MadalineDunn

AT&T has announced its plans to procure solar energy from five projects in Upstate New York from DSD Renewables (DSD). The deal will see AT&T serve as an anchor tenant subscriber for a five-project community solar portfolio; the company will offtake 15.5MW of the larger 24.1MW portfolio. This is pegged to generate 17.4 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of clean energy annually.

The company shared that the community solar sites are located in Cortland, offering 5MW, East Syracuse with 2.7MW, Medina (2.5MW), Utica (902 kW), and Swan Lake (4.4MW). All but one of the projects are already under construction, with the last due to be built this year. 

Speaking about this, Sarah Moon, senior director of Community Solar at DSD, called the projects "socially conscious," outlining that they're an "innovative way" for large corporations like AT&T to reduce their carbon footprint while also making a positive impact in the communities where they operate. 

"By continuing to support community solar programs, we're able to help create cost-effective solutions that benefit big corporations and residents alike, providing clean, affordable energy to local communities," she added. 

Meanwhile, Shannon Thomas Carroll, AVP of global environmental sustainability at AT&T, commented: "We strongly believe that corporations can play a key role in helping power the communities they serve, and this agreement is one way for AT&T to do just that. By working together with developers like DSD, we're able to explore solutions outside of on-site renewables that can help us reduce environmental impacts while also supporting local communities by making solar programs more accessible."