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New York Power Authority Requests Information for Purchases of Solar Power for Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Michael Saltzman

November 18, 2008


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has issued a formal Request for Information (RFI) in connection with its plans to purchase solar power on behalf of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and its operating agencies.  

The RFI is intended to obtain information from the solar power industry in order to prepare a Request for Proposals (RFP) with the appropriate terms, conditions and other information to bring about high-quality proposals from capable solar developers.

NYPA intends to seek 6 megawatts (mw) of solar power from the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, or arrays, on the roofs of designated facilities of the MTA’s regional transportation network.  The initial sites selected for a portion of the installations are at locations operated by the New York City Transit’s Department of Buses, Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road.

The new generating capacity will be accomplished in multiple phases, with 2 mw added during each of the next three years. The Power Authority will purchase the power for resale to the MTA, with the PV equipment owned and operated by the solar power providers.   

Power suppliers who may be interested in bidding on the solar power initiative can download the RFI from the Power Authority website at 

Responses to the RFI are due on Dec. 12.

The MTA is one of the Power Authority’s governmental customers in New York City and Westchester County.

  About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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