New York Governor Announces 100 MW Solar Initiative

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On behalf of the state of New York, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) plans to issue a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) for the purpose of exploring a public-private partnership for the installation of up to 100 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, according to the office of Gov. David Paterson, D-N.Y.

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.

Combined with the recently announced 50 MW solar photovoltaic project led by the Long Island Power Authority, these projects, totaling 150 MW, would position New York as the state with the second-highest installed PV capacity, the governor's office says.

NYPA's RFEI can be accessed here. The deadline for receipt of RFEI proposals is July 7.

SOURCE: Office of Gov. David Paterson

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