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NYPA Announces $525,000 in Solar Power Grants for Seven Westchester Locations

Connie Cullen

December 27, 2006


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced Wednesday that $525,000 in funding will be provided to install solar power systems at seven Westchester County sites.

“New York State, during Governor George E. Pataki’s tenure, has led the nation in promoting new and alternative sources that help protect and enhance the quality of our environment,” NYPA Chairman Frank S. McCullough, Jr. said.  “These new projects will continue to demonstrate that solar power can be a practical and environmentally beneficial way to meet the electric needs of public buildings and reduce our petroleum dependency.”

The solar power units will be installed at public facilities in the Town of Cortlandt, the Village of Croton-on Hudson, the Village of Larchmont and the City of New Rochelle and at facilities in the Irvington and Edgemont School Districts and at Westchester Community College in Valhalla. Each of the entities will receive $75,000 to finance installation of rooftop photovoltaic solar power arrays. The units, to be installed with NYPA’s assistance, will each produce about 6 kilowatts of electricity -- enough power to supply about two average-sized homes.

To date, the Power Authority has installed about 25 solar photovoltaic projects at various locations in New York State, including one of the world’s largest arrays at the Gun Hill Bus Depot in the Bronx.  The list also includes solar projects at such Westchester County locations as NYPA’s own headquarters building in White Plains, the County Medical Center Laboratory and Research Building in Valhalla, the Southern Westchester BOCES Center for Career Services, also in Valhalla, the County Wastewater Treatment Plant in Yonkers, White Plains High School and Mildred E. Strang Middle School in Yorktown Heights.

The grants for the new projects are financed by New York State’s share of Petroleum Overcharge Restitution (POCR) funds, the proceeds of court settlements relating to oil company violations of federal price controls in the 1970s and 1980s. In New York State, the Power Authority administers the funds, which have been earmarked to help finance energy efficiency and clean energy technology projects at schools and other public buildings.


About NYPA:

 ■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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