The Accabonac Solar Farm (ASF) in Springs is the first megawatt scale solar farm on Long Island’s South Fork. ASF was built on a decommissioned Town owned brush dump by Colorado based company AES Distributed Energy. The array consists of 3,456 ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) panels which produce 1.1MW of DC (800kW AC) electricity that will feed directly into the existing power grid. The solar farm is expected to come online by Spring 2019. Future plans for the ASF include the addition of pollinator friendly ground cover around the panels. The ASF is a significant step 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 community-wide electricity needs with renewable energy sources on an annual basis 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 on an annual basis by 2030.
Work in progress, November 19, 2018