Solar array project

This project accomplishes a number of Seneca Energy and SNI’s goals, which are to become more energy self-sufficient as well as reducing energy costs for the Nation and its residents.  The Allegany solar array will add to SNI’s renewable energy portfolio and reduce the dependence on outside utility companies and power generators.


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Frequently Asked Questions



No, electricity will NOT be free. Initially, Steamburg residents will receive a flat rate credit on their NGRID bill. The future plan is to have the ability to convert Steamburg residents from NGRID to SNI direct customers. Those customers will be expected to pay for the electricity that is consumed.
Yes, with the proposed flat rate credit of $35 each month, based off final project design, your electric bill will be reduced by that amount. Currently, we are conducting a feasibility study to determine the possibility and benefits of converting Steamburg residents from NGRID customers to direct SNI customers. This would be a 2nd phase of the project and will not be fully constructed for approximately 2 years after the project receives Council approval. The full project will be presented to Council in the Spring 2016.
No, you won’t want to increase your usage significantly. The credit received will be a flat rate amount of $35 each month based off final design plans.
Should the project be successful all Steamburg residents will be eligible for the credit on a monthly basis for the life of the solar field. The current projection is a 25 – 30 year lifecycle for this project.
We are in the process of finalizing the feasibility and design of a Microgrid. It will take approximately 2 years to construct if approved by Council. Our goal would be to have the project completed by early 2018.
Microgrids are modern, small-scale versions of the centralized electricity system. They achieve specific goals such as reliability, carbon emission reduction, diversification of energy sources, and cost reduction, established by the community being served. Like the bulk power grid, smart microgrids generate, distribute, and regulate the flow of electricity to consumers, but do so locally. Smart microgrids are an ideal way to integrate renewable resources on the community level and allow for customer participation in the electricity enterprise.
It is proposed that the credit will automatically be applied directly to your NGRID bill. However, this process is still being finalized b/w SNI and NGRID.
We are planning to begin construction of the solar field by late 2016/early 2017. Currently, we are analyzing the full scope of the project, funding sources and timeline.
Contact Seneca Energy at 716‐532‐4900 x 5022 or contactus@senecaenergy.org.

Bird's Eye View Of Solar Array



Project status


The Solar Array Project is online and has been connected to the grid since October, 2017!

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