Saranac Lake based Northern Power & Light, Inc. has gained approval to operate under a new program created by New York State that allows electric customers to purchase a share of the electricity from a small renewable generator.
The company operates a a 700 kW hydroelectric plant, Azure Mountain Power, in St Regis Falls.
As generators under the program produce power, it creates a credit on the customer’s utility bill, similar to rooftop solar. Small renewable energy generators like NP&L then collect for the value of the credits on behalf of the generator. The total cost to the customer stays the same (barring standard PSC approved National Grid rate hikes).
Companies like NP&L hope that local residents will make the switch in order to support local renewable power producers. The first customers under the new program include Paul Smith’s College, the ADK Riverside Tavern in St Regis Falls, and The Village Mercantile and BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake, along with local residents.
NP&L estimates it will take about 200 homes to take all of the output from Azure Mountain Power, and anyone in National Grid service can participate. Residents can sign up or find out more here, or by calling (518) 293-4075.
Photo of Azure Mountain Power in St Regis Falls by Samuel H. Bailey.