New York Power Authority Requests
Information for Purchases of Solar Power for Metropolitan
November 18, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
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
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.
■ 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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