New York City Seeking Bids For Solar PV Installations On City Buildings


New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith, Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Edna Wells Handy and Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability Director David Bragdon have announced that the city is seeking proposals from private companies to install and operate solar energy systems on five city buildings.

Under this public-private partnership, a solar developer will install, own and operate photovoltaic systems for 20 years and leverage federal incentives to sell the electricity to the city at a discounted cost. The five sites are John F. Kennedy High School and Herbert Lehman High School, both in the Bronx; the Department of Sanitation's Manhattan District 12 garage; and two locations in Staten Island: the Department of Environmental Protection's Port Richmond wastewater treatment plant, and the Staten Island Ferry Bay Street Maintenance Building.

According to city officials, the five facilities selected for the program have characteristics needed for successful solar power generation, including large, flat new roofs; unobstructed access to the sun; and the structural integrity and appropriate electrical connections to accommodate a rooftop solar array.

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