Corning Incorporated unveiled a solar array in Oneonta on July 19.

The solar array, the first in New York state, will replace more than 600 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually with clean energy, according to a media release.

“We are proud to continue investing in renewable energy and making our communities greener places to live. Solar energy not only creates value for our shareholders, it reflects our long-term commitment to reduce our carbon footprint and become a more energy-efficient company,” David Morse, Corning’s executive vice president and chief technology officer, said in the release.

Corning entered into a power purchase agreement with Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure, which will own the solar array. The electricity generated will go directly into the New York State Electric and Gas grid and will be distributed to the plant and local consumers.

Energy produced by the ground-mount solar array will provide the equivalent to the power consumption of about 67 homes for one year, according to the release.

The solar project also aligns with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative to generate 70% of New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030, and is partially funded through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Value of Distributed Energy Resources.

“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, private-public partnerships are helping the state meet its nation-leading clean energy goals and are a critical part of New York becoming one of the fastest growing solar markets in the nation,” Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA, said in the release. “We are excited to partner with Corning Incorporated on this project which demonstrates their commitment to environmental stewardship and reducing their carbon footprint.”

Pentak Joins NBT as mortgage originator

NBT Bank announced last week the hiring of Larry Pentak as a mortgage originator. He will serve customers in the Oneonta and Cooperstown area, according to a media release.

Pentak brings more than 30 years of sales experience and 15 years directly related to real estate to the position, according to the release. Prior to joining NBT, he was a loan originator and mortgage consultant for Homestead Funding Corporation.

Mountainside Residential Center earns award

Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville, operated by HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, was once again the recipient of the Women’s Choice Award for being one of “America’s best for extended care,” according to a media release.

The award cited Mountainside for its high commitment to quality, high health inspection ratings, staff of registered nurses and other qualified employees to serve its residents and a high overall quality rating by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to the release.

“All of us at Mountainside are proud to receive this honor, given to fewer than 900 extended care facilities out of more than 15,000 measured,” Mountainside administrator Christopher Esola said in the release. “Receiving it is a testament to our compassionate and expert team, which demonstrates its commitment to providing the highest level of person-centered care to our residents every single day.”

Local companies merge

Morris Tent Rentals Inc. announced last week its merger with Cooperstown Event Rentals.

The merger will expand inventory and improve efficiency to expand the company’s reach in central New York, according to a media release.

Morris Tent Rentals offers many styles of tents, tables, chairs, dishware, glassware, linens, lighting, catering equipment, dance floors and other decorative items, the release said.

The company requests that any customers who have an event scheduled with Cooperstown Event Rentals and have not been contacted about the merger call 607-263-9916 or email info@morristent.com. Morris Tent Rentals also announced the addition of Richard Conklin to the management team.

Last year, Conklin served as an intern at the company and has now taken on scheduling, purchasing, budgeting, organization and other management duties, according to the release.

Sarah Eames covers business news for The Daily Star. She can be reached at seames@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.

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