U.S. Department of Energy

    New York Launches 100-Megawatt Solar Project on Distributed State Sites

    May 18, 2009

    New York Governor David Paterson announced on May 15 that the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will oversee a 100-megawatt (MW) solar project, consisting of separate installations at schools, municipal and commercial buildings, and other state sites. The energy produced will be sold to NYPA. The project is one of many recent efforts the state is making to produce 45 percent of its electricity through energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2015. This "45 by 15" program is expected to create 50,000 jobs throughout the state.

    NYPA will solicit municipal facilities, public and private schools, businesses, and state agencies that are interested in partnering with the state to install the roof-mounted or ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Some project sites are already being evaluated for 2010, based on the availability of ground or roof space, electric load, and the age of the roof membrane. The deadline for submitting proposals is July 7, 2009.

    The governor also recently announced four other projects that support the 45 by 15 goal:

    • A 50-MW solar PV project, led by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to be built on Brookhaven National Laboratories sites (see the April 2009 article published by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)
    • Establishment of a General Electric facility in the Albany area to manufacture sodium batteries, which is expected to create 350 jobs
    • Creation of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY BEST), which will invest more than $25 million to advance the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle industry in New York; a portion of the funding will go toward developing a battery-testing laboratory in New York
    • A proposal by LIPA, Stony Brook University, and Farmingdale State College to create a Smart Energy Corridor on Long Island to help LIPA customers monitor and reduce energy use, increase reliability, encourage energy efficiency, and create clean energy jobs.

    To learn more, see the governor's May 15 press release and the NYPA Web site.

    To read more about renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in New York, see: