Nautilus Commissions its Community Solar Project in New York

Nautilus Solar Energy has completed its first of three community solar projects serving Orange and Rockland’s utility service territory in New York.

Nautilus Community Solar New York

Nautilus Solar Energy, a leading national solar acquisition, development, and asset management company, has announced the completion of its first of three community solar projects serving Orange and Rockland’s utility service territory in New York.

Located in the hamlet of Westtown in Orange County, the 2.83 MW community solar garden covers 15 acres and will provide energy cost savings to 300 homes while advancing New York’s nation-leading renewable energy goals.

Utilizing its full-service platform, Nautilus will be responsible for the project management, long-term asset management and maintenance services for the projects. The energy generated by the Westtown solar project will directly benefit qualified residential community solar subscribers who are situated within the Orange and Rockland utility service territory.

“This community solar milestone extends Nautilus’s vision towards extending a sustainable future for those customers that are unable to install large-scale solar facilities directly on-premise,” said Jim Rice, CEO, Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC. “We’re particularly excited that this project propels Nautilus’s community solar expansion into New York, our fifth market entry over the last year,” added Jeffrey Cheng, COO,  Nautilus Solar.

The project received over $1 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through NY-Sun, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s $1 billion NY-Sun initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move New York State closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry.

Since 2011, solar in New York State has increased more than 1,700 percent and leveraged nearly $3.8 billion in private investments, making it one of the fastest growing solar markets in the nation. NY-Sun projects help support Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading Green New Deal which calls for 70 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable resources by 2030.

Nautilus’s other solar projects in the towns of Greenville and Chester are scheduled to open by the third quarter of 2019.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for