Project Benefits


The Excelsior Solar Project will create new jobs, generate long term revenue, and deliver economic development to Genesee County and the Town of Byron.

About the Excelsior Solar Project

Located in the Town of Byron in Genesee County, N.Y., the Excelsior Solar Project is a proposed 280-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy generating facility coupled with 20 megawatts of energy storage.

  • The Town of Byron possesses the critical elements required for a strong solar and energy storage project, including a strong solar resource; existing road infrastructure, access to transmission infrastructure, and available land in an area well-suited environmentally to host such a project.
  • The Excelsior Solar Project will include a 20 MW/4-hour Energy Storage System which will charge exclusively off the solar array.
  • Proposed by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, the world’s largest generator of energy from the wind and sun, the Excelsior Solar Project is expected to begin commercial operation in late 2022.

Benefits for the Local Community

The Excelsior Solar Project has the potential to create new jobs, provide long-term revenue and economic development to Genesee County and the town of Byron.

  • Excelsior is expected to provide millions in revenue to the county, town and school district to invest in infrastructure, additional services, and resources for residents.
  • The project will create three to four full-time positions and 300 to 350 jobs during construction. There will be opportunities for local businesses to supply materials to support the construction of the project, and service-industry businesses such as hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues will benefit from an increase in worker activity throughout construction.
  • The project will invest approximately $40 million in construction labor, creating employment opportunities for those in the construction trades, including equipment operators, truck drivers, laborers, and electricians.

Support for Farmers

Through land agreements, Excelsior Solar Project will support the agricultural economy by infusing revenue into family farms and diversifying their income.  This income saves farm jobs and will increase the economic activity from these essential local businesses. 

  • The Excelsior Solar Project will support family farms that employ 70 in the Town of Byron.