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Contact:
John R. Montone
Electric Superintendent
jmontone@solvayny.org
April 17, 2012

Press Release:

There will be a new scholarship provided to Solvay High School for graduating Solvay High seniors who will be attending a school to train and acquire the required skill sets of the emerging “green” economy and renewable energy field.

This scholarship has been set up through the Village of Solvay Electric Department’s “Green Power Program” and it has been provided to the village through a power agreement with Fortistar LLC, in conjunction with the New York Power Authority.

“In keeping with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s clean energy initiatives, we must prepare students for jobs in the renewable energy industries that will help grow New York’s economy,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and chief executive officer, New York Power Authority. “The Power Authority commends Fortistar and the Village of Solvay Electric Department for their commitment to advancing education in sustainable energy practices through this generous scholarship.”

The New York Power Authority meets the electricity needs of the Solvay Electric Department, including its providing of low-cost hydropower from the Niagara Power Project.

The green scholarship fund is for up to $50,000.00 over ten years and is underwritten by Fortistar.  Awards totaling up to $5,000.00 per year will be presented to the selected seniors on April 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Solvay High School.