Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, but the amount you pay the electric utility will be less since the PV system will be producing a significant portion of the school’s energy needs.
A free site assessment is available through K-Solar. You should have open space in the yard area or parking lot or on the roof–preferably south-facing, with no shading or obstructions. A typical 50 kW system will require approximately 4,000 to 6,000 square feet of unobstructed area. PV systems generally have a 20-year life, so no trees or buildings should block the sun in the future.
NYPA will assist your school in developing a cost effective arrangement with a solar developer so that your school will not be responsible for any system costs or ongoing operation and maintenance costs. Under the terms of this arrangement, the solar developers will own, operate, and maintain the solar (PV) system and sell 100% of the solar electricity produced to the school at a contracted price for a term of 20-25 years.
The K-Solar assessment and advisory program is free.
The solar developer that will be awarded the contract will guarantee the output of the solar (PV) system. The school only pays for the electricity that is generated by the PV system. If the production of electricity falls below the guarantee, the solar developer will compensate the school accordingly.
There is no limit on the number of installations as long as they meet the criteria. School districts are free to submit multiple buildings for consideration in the program.
The solar developer will operate and maintain the system.
NYPA issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) on behalf of schools statewide. NYPA chose statewide vendors that met the eligibility and capacity requirements.