The Accabonac Solar Farm (ASF) in Springs is the first mega-watt scale solar farm on Long Island’s South Fork. The array consists of 3,456 ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) panels which produce 1.1 mega-watts of DC electricity (800 kilo-watts AC) that will feed directly into the East Hampton power grid for use by the community. The project was developed by AES Distributed Energy, under the LIPA Clean Solar Initiative Feed-In Tariff II program.
ASF began supplying clean, renewable electricity to East Hampton in September 2019.
ASF is built on a decommissioned Town owned brush dump, which repurposes the previously unusable land for a sustainable purpose.
The system was built and operates at no cost to the Town, through a 20 year fixed Power Purchase Agreement. The Town receives annual lease payments from the developer for the land.
The ASF contributes towards the Town’s renewable energy goals. In 2014, the Town of East Hampton became the first municipality on the U.S. east coast to adopt a goal to meet 100 percent of annual community-wide electricity needs with renewable energy sources by 2020, and to meet the equivalent of 100 percent of annual community-wide energy consumption in all sectors (electricity, heating, and transportation) with renewable energy sources by 2030.
Left to right: Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, Deputy Supervisor Sylvia Overby, Christopher Thomas (AES Distributed Energy) and Councilman Jeffrey Bragman.