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New York Power Authority Announces Plans for State's Largest Solar Project

Governor David Paterson announced the largest solar photovoltaic project in New York, which will help the State meet its energy needs, foster the development of solar technologies and stimulate the economy with new clean energy jobs. This initiative follows on the heels of the Governor's recently announced 50 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project, lead by the Long Island Power Authority. Together, these projects totaling 150 MW would position New York as the State with the second highest installed PV capacity.

"Today's announcement is a critical step forward in achieving New York's goals under its Renewable Portfolio Standard and in boosting the State's energy independence," said Governor Paterson. "The installation of 100 megawatts of solar power at our schools, municipal and commercial buildings, and other State sites will enhance New York State's status as a leader in the new clean energy economy and will create clean energy jobs right here in New York State."

Today's announcement is the fourth major clean energy initiative Governor Paterson has unveiled in the last two weeks, which is positioning New York as a global leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy technology. Continuing on this path will position New York to become a net exporter of clean energy technologies to the rest of the world. Other recent announcements include:
  • Along with General Electric (GE) Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt, Governor Paterson announced that GE has proposed the establishment of a new sodium battery manufacturing facility in the Capital Region that would create 350 new jobs.
  • LIPA, along with Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College proposed the creation of Long Island's first integrated Smart Energy Corridor, to assist residential, commercial and industrial LIPA customers in monitoring and reducing energy usage; increase reliability; encourage energy efficiency by facilitating smarter technologies; and create clean energy jobs.
  • The creation the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (known as NY BEST), which implements a key goal identified in Governor Paterson's State of the State address, will invest more than $25 million to finance the Consortium, a first of its kind in the nation and a critical component in advancing the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) industry in New York.
On behalf of the State, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will issue a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the purpose of exploring a public-private partnership for the installation of up to 100 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, including roof-mounted and ground-mounted PV arrays at municipal facilities, public and private schools, businesses and State agencies throughout New York.

Specifically, NYPA is seeking proposals that would promote potential regional economic development opportunities for local component manufacturing and assembly. Such economic benefits could include opportunities to manufacture PV components in the State, particularly in Western New York, and foster clean energy jobs in the region that would be associated with installing, operating and maintaining the PV facilities and other related support functions.

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