Seneca Nation develops solar array striving for energy independence

Project overview

Seneca Nation through its subsidiary Seneca Energy, LLC, is in the final stages of completing one of the largest Nation owned solar development projects in the U.S.  Seneca Nation has a goal to become more energy self-sufficient while reducing the overall energy costs for its members.  The solar array project, located in the Allegany Territory of Seneca, near Salamanca New York, will produce 2,300,000 kWh of solar energy.  This sustainable source of energy will offer residents a direct savings on their energy bills. 

Baker Tilly solution

Our energy and infrastructure team worked closely with the Nation through initial planning and feasibility to determine the desired outcomes of the solar project.  In close collaboration with Seneca Nation and Seneca Energy leadership, we advised on the following project elements:

  • Performed feasibility study
  • Developed and executed request for proposal to obtain construction partners
  • Helped negotiate construction contracts
  • Helped with site selection for project
  • Collaborated on creating the Nation utility
  • Developed and secured funding structure
  • Oversaw construction progress
  • Selected utility software to manage operations

Leveraging our team’s comprehensive knowledge in multiple project sectors, a consistent approach was taken to keep the project on track and on budget throughout development. 

Outcome

Seneca Nation and Seneca Energy are in the final stages of completing the solar array project and reaching another goal in their quest for energy independence.  Through the comprehensive development and funding structures, they were able to execute a project that meets the needs of their members now and into the future.  The completed project is expected to provide a significant credit to each enrolled member’s utility bill. 

For more information on this topic, or to learn how Baker Tilly energy and utility specialists can help, contact our team.