NYPA Press Release

NYPA's Largest Solar Array Unveiled at Mohonasen High School in Rotterdam 


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1.5 MW Project Allows Schenectady Area District to Draw on Clean, Renewable Energy to Lower its Energy Costs and Reduce its Carbon Footprint

See Photo of Solar Installation


A new 1.5 megawatt (MW) solar project alongside Mohonasen High School is allowing the Mohonasen Central School District to tap into a new renewable power source while reducing energy costs and helping in the fight against climate change. The array, the largest installed to date by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nation-leading Green New Deal, which puts New York State on the path to carbon neutrality and mandates that 70 percent of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2030.

“The Mohonasen school district is stepping up as a community leader in New York’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system statewide,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO of NYPA. “The district’s array is the largest installed by NYPA and illustrates our joint commitment to sustainability and clean energy technology. Students are our future and helping them learn about the benefits of going green now will help ensure a healthy environment for generations to come.”

The solar array, which includes 4,446 modules and covers approximately six acres of land, sits between the school’s Center for Advanced Technology and the New York State Thruway. The array is expected to generate approximately 1,918 megawatt hours of power annually. The ground-mounted system is anticipated to save the district more than $50,000 and offset more than 1,356 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year; the equivalent of removing more than 288 cars from the road. See photo here.


Superintendent of Schools Shannon Shine said the solar array will directly benefit student education at Mohonasen.

“The new solar array provides a tangible opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to our community and to our students,” Shine said. “Soon, teachers and students will have ‘live’ access to electricity generation data from our array. Instead of learning about something happening remotely, Mohonasen students will learn about solar power right in our own backyard. It’s Mohon Pride in action.”  

NYPA took the lead in expediting the building permit process and coordinated the project with the solar developer, Tesla.

The project was completed in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through NYPA’s Clean Energy Program, which aims to bring solar power to more public districts and non-public K-12 schools throughout the state. Solar projects have been completed for the Hudson City Central School District in Columbia County; Somers Central School District and Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, both in Westchester County; and the New York Institute of Special Education in the Bronx.


NYPA currently has more than 100 MW of solar capacity in various stages of development at public buildings, property and parking lots throughout the state including K-12 schools. The goal is to have 125 MW of distributed energy in development by the end of 2020.

The school will be able to monitor the panel’s energy production live-time through a webpage that shows the kilowatt hours of energy produced each day, how much was consumed and the percent of energy that is offset by solar.


Mohonasen Central School District received energy advisory services from NYPA, site surveys, solar energy analyses and technical support, and was matched with a contracted solar developer to pursue installation of clean energy. The district paid no upfront costs. The district’s solar array is owned, operated and maintained by the developer, Tesla, and the district will pay an agreed upon rate for the power generated.


Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “At a time when students in every corner of the globe are demanding action on climate change, collaboration projects like this are helping local communities across the state realize the benefits of renewable energy sources, such as solar, in reducing their energy costs and carbon footprint. I commend NYPA and the Mohonasen Central School District for their leadership and for setting an example for more to follow as these projects help advance Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading climate and energy agenda.”

For more information on NYPA’s Advisory Services for clean energy contact solar@nypa.gov or visit the Clean Energy Services page.


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New York State's Green New Deal

Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, putting the state on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy and establishing a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any other state. It builds on New York's unprecedented ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across the state, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector, a commitment to develop nearly 1,700 megawatts of offshore wind by 2024, and 1,700 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012.

The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) mandates the Green New Deal's national leading clean energy targets: nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035, six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025, and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030, while calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy. The CLCPA also directs New York State agencies and authorities to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050 and aim to invest 40 percent of clean energy and energy efficiency program resources to benefit disadvantaged communities.