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New York Launching Major Solar Energy Project

Thursday, December 19th 2013 4:19 PM
By GetSolar Staff.
New York Launching Major Solar Energy Project

New York will be getting a little more eco-friendly because of a new solar initiative program. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of the NY-Sun Competitive Photovoltaic Program, which will create new large-scale and biogas solar projects throughout Hudson Valley and the rest of the state. Cuomo said in a statement the state would fund $30 million to the program.

"Expanding the use of clean, renewable power in the Hudson Valley will help make New York a greener state," Cuomo said. "Renewable energy, including biogas, is a cornerstone of New York's clean energy economy and helps the State meet energy demand in an environmentally friendly way that protects the well-being of all New Yorkers."

Creating Renewable Projects
The funding is exciting news for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which will be responsible for spearheading many of the projects. The NYSERDA produces solar installations larger than 200 kilowatts. Many of these systems will be installed at factories, municipal buildings and commercial and industrial sites.

The NYSERDA is on a tight deadline to get these projects done as proposals are due on Dec. 30, with the systems aiming to be installed by April 2015. NYSERDA President and CEO John B. Rhodes said in a statement his organization is excited for this new assignment and can't wait to work with developers.

"We encourage installers to work with large energy consumers in these regions to take advantage of this funding which makes solar power an affordable option in meeting consumers' energy demands" Rhodes added.

Rigorous Approval Process
Not every project will be given a green light right away as there are a few parameters they need to follow first. The submitted installations will be move through a selection process and are encouraged to get co-funding which will help their chances to get state approved resources. The budget is also a little tight with these projects being topped out at $3 million, unless the installation will be located at a strategic site - an area where the project will help the electric distribution system. Rhodes went on to say that this program will increase the transparency of solar projects in the New York area.

"Governor Cuomo's NY-Sun initiative is stimulating the expansion of renewable energy in New York and providing economic development opportunities in communities throughout the Hudson Valley and New York City," Rhodes said.

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