May 15 - Governor Paterson Announces Plans for Largest Solar Project in State History; New York Power Authority Plans to Advance Statewide 100 MW Photovoltaic Project to Help Implement Governor's Clean Energy Agenda, Increase Energy Independence and Create Clean Energy Jobs (Governor's press release.) (video transcript)
May 7 - New York Power Authority and UB to Partner in Major Solar Energy Project to Power Student Apartments (includes photo and caption) (video transcript)
NYPA has developed clean, non-polluting solar photovoltaic power installations at its headquarters in White Plains and in schools and government facilities across New York State. In fact, with 33 photovoltaic (PV) projects under our belt thus far, and a combined capacity of nearly 700 kw, we are responsible for 40 percent of the solar capacity in New York City.
|Solar photovoltaic system at NYPA's White Plains headquarters building.|
Sitting atop NYPA's White Plains office building, is a solar demonstration project consisting of 20 solar panels measuring 26 square feet apiece, for a total size of 520 square feet. The system delivers 5.5 kw to the office building. In addition, we recently added a second PV system comprised of two different types of solar cells. The system, which delivers 8 kw, is designed to compare performance between thin cell and conventional solar cells. (Read more about thin film solar cells).
In addition to installing solar-power facilities at our White Plains office and the Gun Hill bus depot, we've installed PV systems at other public facilities from Long Island to Buffalo. (List of NYPA solar projects). We are currently exploring a public-private partnership for the installation of up to 100 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic systems, including roof-mounted and ground-mounted PV arrays at municipal facilities, public and private schools, businesses and State agencies throughout New York. (For more information, please read our Request for Expressions of Interest).