New York Expands NY-SUN Program With Additional Funding


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has made available $107 million through the NY-Sun Initiative, which aims to double the amount of customer-sited solar power installed annually in New York.

The NY-Sun Competitive PV Program, which is being administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), seeks proposals for large (more than 50 kW) PV systems to be installed at businesses, factories, municipal buildings and similar sites.

This phase of the program is available through the end of 2013 for PV projects in New York City and upstate New York at eligible customer sites. It represents an expansion of both geographical territory and funding for a two-year-old program that previously focused on large PV systems for the commercial, industrial and municipal sectors exclusively in New York City, Westchester County and the lower Hudson Valley.

Proposals under the first round of the NY-Sun Competitive PV Program are due November 8, with the remaining two due dates for this program in the first and third quarters of 2013.

In addition, NYSERDA has expanded its smaller-scale solar PV program under the NY-Sun initiative. Monthly funding under this program has increased from $2 million to $3.5 million for the remainder of this year and will continue at $3.1 million per month in 2013. This standard-offer, non-competitive open-enrollment program provides funding for systems up to 7 kW for residential sites and up to 50 kW for non-residential sites.

Cuomo has also awarded $30 million to 16 developers to finance large-scale PV projects at multiple sites in New York City and the lower Hudson Valley. The companies will develop an installed capacity of 34 MW of solar to be online in 2013.

American Capital Energy Inc., Dynamic Solar LLC, EmPower Solar CES LLC, EnterSolar LLC, GreenLogic LLC, Lighthouse Solar, Mercury Solar Systems Inc., OnForce Solar Inc., Orion Energy Systems Inc., Ross Solar Group LLC, Safari Energy LLC, Solar Energy Systems LLC, Solartech Renewable Systems LLC, SunEdison Commercial Solutions LLC, SunWize Technologies Inc. and TriState Solar Alliance all received funding.

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