NYPA Seeking 100 MW Of Solar

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a public-private partnership for the installation of up to 100 MW of photovoltaic systems across the state, including roof-mounted and ground-mounted solar arrays.

Facilities will be installed primarily at schools, public universities and colleges, state and local government facilities, municipal electric utilities and rural electric cooperatives. When fully installed, this project will be the largest solar initiative in state history, according to the office of Gov. David Paterson, D-N.Y.

In addition to providing clean power to host facilities, the initiative will include the development of large-scale community solar projects that will connect to the distribution systems of municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives.

NYPA is soliciting proposals from developers to install, own and operate PV arrays, and to sell all the energy and environmental attributes to NYPA subject to a 20-year power purchase agreement. NYPA will then enter into contracts with the project hosts, such as the school where the PV array is located, for the distribution of green power. Installation of the solar photovoltaic projects is expected to begin in 2010 and be completed by the end of 2014.

The deadline for RFP responses is April 9. Recommendations for an award are expected to be made at the September meeting of NYPA's Board of Trustees. RFP documents and further details of the conference will be posted on NYPA's Web site.

SOURCE: Office Of Gov. David Paterson

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