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Friday, January 15, 2010

NYPA 100 MW solar photovoltaic initiative set to launch soon

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) hopes to release a Request for Proposal for its 100MW Solar Photovoltaic Initiative by mid-January. Check back here for more information.

NYPA is exploring a public-private partnership for the installation of up to 100 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic systems, including roof-mounted and ground-mounted PV arrays, at municipal facilities, public and private schools and government buildings throughout the state.  Eligible facilities are invited to explore the criteria for participating in this initiative and propose sites for the installation of solar arrays.  The goal of the 100 MW Solar PV Initiative is to invite public and private schools, government buildings and businesses 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. Through net-metering, the local utility will deduct excess energy from the facility's electric bill. 

It's a creative approach to achieving NY's aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standard goals, while creating  community benefit.  Learn more at: