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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

NYS to construct 100 MW generating solar energy power plant

Green Energy News

solar-energy-power-plantGovernor David A. Paterson has announced a partnership with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to construct a 100 MW generating solar energy power plant for the state. This follows a 50 MW solar photovoltaic project initiated with the help of the Long Island Power Authority. These solar power developments will collectively total 150 MW and will place New York as the second highest state with established solar energy production ability.

The proposal will help execute the governor’s clean energy investing agenda, stimulate green energy jobs statewide and strengthen energy independence in the United States. The governor’s assertive renewable energy policy – ‘45 by 15’ – requires that 45 percent of New York’s electricity must be provided by clean renewable energy and through conservation measures by the year 2015. It has been projected that the initiative will create roughly 50,000 renewable energy jobs for the state.

The initiative will help New York achieve its goals under its Renewable Portfolio Standard and boost the State’s energy independence.  The New York Power Authority will begin by delivering a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) so that it can explore a public-private partnership for the induction of 100 megawatts of solar photovoltaic roof or ground-mounted solar arrays at city facilities, businesses, State agencies and public/private schools.

The power authority is requesting proposals which will encourage economic growth for resident solar module production. Lucrative benefits for local companies may possibly involve prospects to produce solar PV components statewide and establish green energy jobs in the area involving installation, operation, maintenance and support of the solar photovoltaic systems. The solar energy plant announcement is the fourth green energy program the governor has brought forth in the last few weeks, which is helping to station New York as an international pioneer in dedicated renewable energy advancements.

The other proposals involve a  General Electric new sodium battery production plant in Upstate that will provide New York with over 300 new green jobs, as well as investing more than $25 million to create the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY BEST) so that advancements can be made with plug-in hybrid vehicles – the creation of Long Island’s first built-in Smart Energy Corridor, which will aid commercial, residential and industrial Long Island Power Authority consumers in reducing energy consumption, while increasing reliability with smarter grid technology, encouraging energy efficiency and creating new green energy jobs.