The New York Power Authority released a Request for Proposals for solar developers for its 100MW Solar Photovoltaic Initiative on January 27, 2010. Bids were submitted by April 22, 2010, and are now being evaluated.
This is an exciting time for clean energy in New York! The Governor has established an ambitious “45x15” goal that calls for 45% of New York’s electricity to come from energy efficiency and renewable resources by 2015. In support of the Governor’s goals, NYPA is launching a 100 MW Solar PV Initiative that will result in hundreds of schools, government buildings and municipal facilities throughout New York State going solar – at no upfront cost of their own.
As part of the Initiative, NYPA is inviting public and private schools, government buildings and facilities throughout the state to serve as Host Sites for a roof- or ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) array. The solar array will be installed at no upfront cost to the facility, and will provide participating facilities with fixed-price solar energy for 20 years along with protection from future energy price increases.
The solar array installation will supply electricity to the facility throughout the year; when not needed, excess solar power may flow to the surrounding community through the local utility meter. The local utility will deduct this excess energy from the facility's electric bill, making the Initiative a win-win for both the facility and the community!
As an additional benefit, the solar array offers exciting educational opportunities in a variety of subject areas as students and community members learn about the importance of clean, renewable energy alternatives. Performance of the solar array will be measured and documented on a centralized website - providing excellent educational opportunities for students, educators and the general public.
For more information on how to participate:
Government or Municipal Facilities