Clifton Park, NY, June 25, 2021 – Last week, on June 16, Latham, NY based community solar developer U.S. Light Energy, along with its partner Standard Solar Inc., a nationally recognized leader in the development, funding, ownership and operation of commercial and community solar assets, hosted National Grid CEO John Pettigrew and US President Badar Khan, guiding them on a tour of the Sugar Hill Community Solar Farm.

National Grid US President Badar Khan and CEO John Pettigrew, along with C.J. Colavito, VP, Engineering from Standard Solar, speak with U.S. Light Energy COO Mike Fingar, and CEO Mark Richardson.

The Sugar Hill Community Solar Farm is one of the first two sites nationwide to host a pilot project utilizing the Real-Time Optimal Power Flow (RT-OPF) software platform, designed to model, monitor and coordinate the local power grid and local distributed generation facilities, like community solar farms, that feed power into the grid. These controls become more and more important as new distributed generation facilities come online, as we move towards a renewable energy infrastructure that relies on a larger number of generation systems feeding power into the grid from multiple locations.

Serving National Grid customers in the NY Capital Region, the Sugar Hill Solar Farm is the first community solar farm developed in Clifton Park, NY. The 7.125 MW ground-mount solar array is located on 40 acres of land and encompasses nearly 20,000 solar modules. In operation since early 2020, it produces more than 6.7 million kWh of clean energy annually.

About U.S. Light Energy

U.S. Light Energy is a Latham, New York-based distributed generation energy development company specializing in solar and renewable energy solutions, including community solar, for residential communities and commercial customers. We work on behalf of all interested parties: land and business owners, local authorities (AHJs), engineering firms, product vendors, contractors, and financiers to create distributed energy projects where everyone can participate in creating a better future for our children and our planet. For more information, visit

About Standard Solar

Standard Solar is powering the nation’s energy transformation – channeling its project development capabilities, financial strength and technical expertise to deliver the benefits of solar, as well as solar + storage, to businesses, institutions, farms, governments, communities and utilities. Building on 16 years of sustainable growth and in-house and tax equity investment capital, Standard Solar is a national leader in the development, funding and long-term ownership and operation of commercial and community solar assets. Recognized as an established financial partner with immediate, deep resources, the company owns and operates more than 160 megawatts of solar across the United States. Standard Solar is based in Rockville, Md. Learn more at, LinkedIn and Twitter:

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